Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Righteousness

To discern, to understand by perceiving. A lovely word.
Righteousness does not come from following the law, because you can't. Instead love has fulfilled and perfected the law, and love is the law. And by grace, we can love. When we love we fulfil the law, and righteousness is made complete in us for love is perfect and without blemish.

For the fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. Against such, there is no law.

The spirit is the spirit of love, both the essence and the substance of love.
Romans 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbour. Therefore love is the fulfilment of the law. 
Genesis 15:6 Abraham had faith and it was credited to him as righteousness.
Grace is not given that we might follow the law, for we are no longer slaves to the law. Grace is given that we might love for when we love we fulfil the law. Righteousness, being made right, comes through grace as we are perfected by love.

What then is sin? Sin is the opposite of righteousness and since righteousness comes through love, sin is the failure to love. And that's it, that's the full list. If we fulfil the law we do not sin.

Where we do not love we dwell in darkness, for love is the light. Love is both the path and the means to find the path, both the freedom and the being made free.

Jesus speaking in Matthew 7:12 "In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets."

There is of course a difference between what is sin and what is sensible; "all things are permitted, not all things are helpful". (1 Corinthians 10:23)

"Mysticism is an experiential alternative to the academic and intellectual pursuit of theology."

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