Friday, December 3, 2010

Legalism or Grace?


I love the Constitution of this great country. It establishes the parameters for our governance and our freedom; it gives substance to the laws of our land.

As we all know, any time the Constitution is mis-applied or ignored, it is our freedom that is the first thing made vulnerable. It is like rot at the core of something valuable.

How grateful I am, then, for those in government that are appointed watchmen over such a vital document. We need leaders who take that charge seriously.

What some call legalistic, others call freedom's ring.

Bells are best heard in context ...

Your statutes are my heritage forever;
they are the joy of my heart.
Psalm 119:111

The law of the LORD is perfect,
refreshing the soul. The statutes of the LORD
are trustworthy, making wise the simple.
Psalm 97:7

Blessed are those who keep his statutes
and seek him with all their heart—
Psalm 119:2

Your statutes are my delight;
they are my counselors.
Psalm 119:24

Statute

1: a law enacted by the legislative branch of a government
2: an act of a corporation or of its founder intended as a permanent rule
3: an international instrument setting up an agency and regulating its scope or authority

Precept

1: a command or principle intended especially as a general rule of action
2: an order issued by legally constituted authority to a subordinate official

The precepts of the LORD are right,
giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the LORD are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
Psalm 19:8

The fear of the LORD is the
beginning of wisdom; all who follow
his precepts have good understanding.
Psalm 119:10

I will never forget your precepts,
for by them you have preserved my life.
Psalm 119:93

Grace is not the absence of law - of statutes and precepts. Grace is the loving application of that which ensures our freedom. Grace is Heaven's Constitution.

Let Freedom Ring.

Note: Definitions thanks to Merriam

6 comments:

Diana said...

Amen to GRACE which I am SO thankful for!

Janet - AKA: Latte Lady said...

Beautiful! I really like:
Grace is Heaven's Constitution.

Good stuff!

Blessings,

Janet

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

thanks...this has been an issue in our home lately and I think you spelled it out very well!

RCUBEs said...

"Grace is heaven's constitution..." Amen to that! Written not with ink but by the Blood of the Lamb.

God bless.

Rita said...

And we need to pray more and more for our leaders. Thanks for reminding us of this great responsibility!

Debbie said...

I love your last sentence. "Grace is Heaven's Constitution". How grateful I am for grace.

Blessings and love,
Debbie