... Christ has set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don't get tied up again in slavery to the law. (Galatians 5:1)I was brought up with the law as a constant focus. I was in bondage to it. Now, in Christ, I have been freed from that bondage. But, just like the Israelites who were rescued from Egypt by God, I am tempted to go back when things don't seem to go the way I think they should. I am tempted, in my weaker moments, to think that I have to be good to be loved. I think it was Phillip Yancey who once this astounding statement:
There is nothing I can do to make God love me more. There is nothing I can do to make God love me less.
This is what I need to hang on to day by day. And the paradoxical thing is that, believing this empowers me to follow Jesus by loving God and loving my neighbour -- which is, according to Paul, the fulfilment of the law! But loving is not about being accepted. Loving happens when we are accepted. You can't love if you are not loved yourself. And God has loved us first so that we can love others.
Nietszche was right... when we are tired, old ideas come back to attack us, tempt us. But we need to remind ourselves constantly that those ideas are dead and gone. Jesus nailed those old ideas to the cross. That's where they need to stay!