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Being rule-centered may bring (pseudo) comfort because you are living your life within a “secure structure” of codes, but it will suffocate the life that God would give you if you were willing to walk in the Spirit. Rule-based living is a self-reliant way that leaves you in charge while restricting God’s work in your life.
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The legalists of His day had a hard time with Him because there was always a conflict between their rules and His. But not only that, it was hard to follow Him because “His rules” kept changing.
Day - Pharisee - John - Day - Pharisees
One day He would hang with a Pharisee (John 3:1-7), and the next day He would lambaste the Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-39) verbally.
One day He would have a deep affection for His mother (John 19:27), and the next day He would marginalize her if she did not do the will of His Father (Mark 3:33).
Day - Things - Matthew - Day - Lost
One day He would say hard things to the lost (Matthew 19:16-26), and the next day He would show empathy for the lost (Luke 19:5).
Right when you thought you had Him figured out, He would do something that appeared to contradict your expectations for Him. For a rule-loving culture, Christ was counter-cultural. His life was under the influence of the Spirit rather than the preferences of the legalists (Mark 1:12).
Life - Cuts - Grain - Rule-bound - Hearts
The Spirit-led life cuts against the grain of rule-bound hearts because the Pneumatically-led person is submitting to the authority and directives of something else (Ephesians 5:18, 4:30; 1 Thessalonians 5:19).
Because the people in the Lord’s day did not understand this worldview (1 Corinthians 2:14), they thought He was an intentional trouble-maker (Matthew 12:14; 22:41-46). Jesus transcended religious expectations and cultural norms.
Adulteress - John
He would hang with an adulteress (John 8:11).
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