I'm back from the retreat.
Good stuff. I may post a couple of insights that I've gleaned.
One thing we talked about that I thought was great was
"If we focus on Grace, we become obedient. If we focus on obedience, we become mean."
What was the Pharisees claim to fame? "We do this. We don't do that. Therefore, God loves us."
I've learn that focusing on Grace (that Truth that God loves me no matter what) I desire what God desires. I want what God wants. I want to do what God wants me to do. Sure I stumble. Sure I struggle, but I'm no longer dogged by guilt for not living up to what some critic thinks I should be living up to because I know God loves me.
I can make claims like Paul did in Philippians. I can say I've made a profession of faith. I can say I've been baptised in water and in the spirit. I can say that I am a member of a fellowship of believers. But like Paul, I can also say that I could it all 'dung except for the knowledge of the excellency of Christ Jesus my Lord." All that is just an outward expression of a Child of God. But, those outward expressions can also just be masks. As Paul once said, (paraphrase) "If I move a mountain, but have not love, it means nothing."1 Corinthians 13. It becomes, "I did this, that and the other. Therefore, I'm saved." That becomes works of the flesh and not faith. But grace says, "I'm saved, so I express it by love. If Jesus says get baptised, I'll gladly do it out of faith and love. If Jesus says fellowship with brothers and sisters, I gladly do it out of faith and love...etc..." Are you catching what I'm saying.
Final thought. Jesus said that the world would know that we are his disciples by the love we have for one another. Pray about it. Seek Jesus' will.
Be blessed. Be a blessing.
Anyone have some cheesecake I can have.
I need to put on some Floyd. Pink Floyd. I loves me some Pink Floyd.