Saying Grace is not free is like saying someone owns the love of God. The bible says in Geneses the first thing created was the light of the world.
Jesus claimed he was the light, it is also said he is the first born over all creation. Jesus was claiming that he was the love of the world.
Meaning the first thing God created was love.
All things were created by love, for love, through love. Nothing was created before love. Therefore God loves all things since the light of the
world is love and it is a free gift for all.
So how do I get this free gift, there must be a catch right? No and Yes. The no is God loves you period end of sentence, no religion, no discussion,
if you are alive, God loves you. If he wasn’t going to love you he would not have created you.
The catch, you will never understand or feel the love of God, Grace, if you don’t do what he said. Even if some are not faithful God always remains
faithful. Jesus says don’t question why it is taking so long, understand rather that God is patient so that all may come to repentance.
God loves everyone, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Pagan. Maybe he doesn’t condone the things we do because we act out of ignorance and continue to
disobey love, but he loves us all. When we disobey love we disobey God. If he is angry, his anger is that we continue to chase after other Gods when
love should be the only object of our desire. Everything worth pursuing can be summed up with one word Love/God. God is love people, this is what he
wants us to believe and pursue. This is the type of worship pleasing to love/God.
Do you see why the first commandment is to place no other Gods before me/love. Pursuit=Worship. Whatever you pursue is your object of worship.
Pursue love only, do not make any other God’s for yourself. God is jealous that you would not pursue love. God’s judgment is done in love to
help his children understand love, and to encourage them to obey love. God’s judgment points you towards repentance. Because his judgment is done
Sometimes the lessons are hard. God’s jealousy/emotional judgment of those who disobey love can be quite emotionally divesting at times. Adultery
destroys families, War destroy lives. Maybe if we would learn to choose love we could do away with all the judgment that we bring upon ourselves for
thinking there was any righteous path except the one of love.
Romans 10: 5 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.”
Anyone who pursues righteousness apart from love, or by the law, will live by them. The one who lives by the law will break the law and thus be
subject to the law. According to the law the penalty for sin is death. Trying to pursue righteousness apart from love leads to death. The law
teaches us to fear God.
The new law is to love, the one who obeys love apart from worrying about law, will obey love. The law is righteous therefore anyone who obeys love
will obey the law. The OT has many laws, some were simply put in place until a better promise could come to us. But most of the law has to do with
how we interact with others. This is the law that Jesus is concerned with, he said the rest is just religion. So you can see if we always choose to
love one another than it is impossible to break the laws that define how we are to love one another. Now the one who obeys love can be made perfect
by love so that they may obey the law fully.
So truly Jesus was correct the one who follows his teaching will no longer be under the Law of Moses but rather will obey the law of Grace, which is
unconditional love for one another.
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