Meme: what has God been teaching me?

Posted: 17th June 2008 by ElShaddai Edwards in Uncategorized

I’ve been tagged by TC Robinson for a meme started by Roger Mugs.

In an effort to keep it simple, short, and easy to follow, I’d like to challenge you to quote one verse (not one chapter). And then say what the Lord has been teaching you in one sentence (not one paragraph). Then tag 5 peeps (you know the drill).

Of course, I’m going to break the meme rule by quoting two verses because they form one semantic thought and can’t be separated:

But the harvest of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, fidelity, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
-Galatians 5:22-23 (REB)

In the aftermath of my recent struggle to understand being filled with the Spirit, I have been increasingly aware of my conscience pricking me beyond the bounds of legalism when my thoughts, words and deeds run afoul of life by the Spirit.

To continue the meme, I will tag the following bloggers:

  1. Paul Sibley
  2. Hanoch
  3. Dave Cruver
  4. Robert Jimenez
  5. Finally, if you’ve been lurking and not commenting – this meme’s for you!
  1. tc robinson says:

    El, I had a similar struggle with legalism. In fact, about five years ago I began a study on the subject of grace, which got me fired from a church I was preaching at. The church was legalistic and my new brand of preaching on the grace of God became offensive to some.

  2. rogermugs says:

    nice. i suppose breaking the rules was acceptable given the situation…

    we all struggle with these things… but being filled with the spirit is still something i haven’t wrapped my head around…

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  4. ...paul says:

    My first Meme! Hope I’ve got it right.

    I try, and want, to move beyond the bounds of legalism, but find it so easy to slip back into it at times. It’s almost like a “comfort blanket”. And, yet, the love and grace of God should fulfil that role. I guess that’s part of our human nature coming through.

  5. Good thoughts, Paul – thanks!

    I’ve fought the “if you do X, you’ll get Y” and the “you’re supposed to do Z” mentalities all my life, instead trying to find a natural response to the gifts of love and grace inside myself, but always despairing at the empty empathy of my wretched condition, even when I do X, Y and Z.

    I imagine that learning to accept and live the gifts of salvation – love, grace, forgiveness – will be a lifelong endeavor.

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