The part missing from religion is Love that is out of this world and beyond human ability to conceive – this is my story of “Learning Loved” my spiritual journey.
If this sounds like a rather simplistic idea, oh well I can only explain where my journey has taken me. My journey is no more or less right than yours, it just is. It is the ups and downs and cliff hangers and peaks and valleys that make up any life. I am just speaking to this crazy Peace I have found in an insane Love that with each expanse creates greater Peace, Hope, Joy and Love within me. The simple science I guess is the bigger the challenge, the Bigger He Who I know as God grows.
“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” – John 15:9-12
What commands did Jesus keep? Did He break any?
When I was young and religious the idea of “perfect legal Jesus” was not only prominent in religious circles, it was sacred and untouchable. The idea was to “stay in His Love” I better “do more, do better” and try my best and of everyone knew the “big sins” that we would never think about like murder, homosexuality and the other 10 commandments that were comfortable at the moment.
But then I fell apart because no matter how watered down the law was I couldn’t keep it and I have a terrible part of my nature that was like a child, I wanted to ask questions. Questions like “why did Jesus break the Sabbath?” Or “why did Jesus disobey His parents?”
One thing about a spiritual journey that seems to ring true for many is this, without falling apart, the journey will never fall together. For me the falling apart was in my two psychiatric treatment centers I was placed in almost back to back about about 26 and 25 yeas ago respectively. For more on that check out “About me” on BeGraceFull.com.
“In bringing many sons and daughters to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the pioneer of their salvation perfect through what he suffered.” – Hebrews 2:10
What if “the law never made anyone perfect, not even one” or what if “the promises” given to Abraham, hundreds of years before the law was actually made,were made complete in Christ?
What if Christ wasn’t legally perfect but He was made perfect because of His Faith through His Loving Sacrifice for you and me?
“The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise.” – Galatians 3:16-17
On my spiritual journey, for me, I have found a sweetness in life that was never attainable through religiosity or my doing. But through resting or having Faith in His Great Love for me, I have learned that the spiritual path is one of being a “friend” of Jesus which He explains here:
“You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other.” – John 15:9-17
Knowing our Masters business is “Loving each other” – Being a friend of Jesus is “Loving each other” – Growing on the spiritual path is “Loving each other!”
The less we look at the law of Moses the more we can focus on the law of Christ and “Love each other!”
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And Let the Journey Begin!