“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
April 21, 2023
Under legalism, you’re a slave to yourself. Under criticism, you’re a slave to others. Under legalism, you’re a slave to circumstance, but the grace of God will set you free from all that. It’s all centered on the cross of Jesus Christ. The cross is our statue of liberty; it is the cross that tells us of our freedom. The cross sets us free from legalism because every demand of the law was paid with the precious blood of Jesus Christ. The cross sets us free from criticism. You can criticize me, but I know who I am, and He loved me enough to die for me.
Because you died with Christ, the law has no more demand on you. It is an exchanged life. He gave Himself for us so that He might give Himself to us. He inhabits our humanity. The life I now live, I live by the faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Make a list of your daily activities and responsibilities. Note next to each listed item how it might look different if it were undertaken by faith in the Son of God.