Legalism or "Loveism"--How We Approach God's Commands

Obedience, rules, laws, legalism, genuine Christianity
What motivates your Christianity? Legalism or Love?

Legalism is an easy trap. I know—I’m sometimes legalistic.

Legalists dwell on minutia, scrutinize the teaching of others to uncover ‘errors,’ and think they're the only ones who perfectly understand God. They do things because it makes them feel better than others or because they’re afraid God is looking for tiny mistakes so He can punish them. 

"Loveists," on the other hand, do things because they believe God knows what’s best for them. They obey Him because He’s wonderful and deserving. They dwell on the principles of God’s Word not on doctrines disputed among Christians. They look for the good in people and give them the benefit of the doubt. 

Our tendency is to be legalistic…God’s love is our only cure. 

“May [our] roots go down deep into the soil of God’s marvelous love” (Ephesians 3:17, NLT).
copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011 

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5 comments:

  1. I hope to be more of a loveist but tend to be a legalist...

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  2. Greetings from Southern California

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  3. Legalism can definitely be my downfall at times. Thanks for linking up to Titus 2 Tuesdays on Cornerstone Confessions!

    Kathy

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  4. Legalism controlled the beginning of my Christian life but now I'm free thank God and walking in His grace. Even though at times it tries to come back I live by grace.

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