Sunday, July 7, 2013

Soul Food Sunday

Just a few thoughts to share with you this morning before I head on out to church and, as my friend, Crystal, just posted on her Facebook page, "get my gospel on!"

The following are words from Hannah Whitall Smith's, The Christian's Secret of a Happy Life:

The law says, This do, and thou shalt live.
The gospel says, Live, and then thou shalt do.

The law says, Pay me what thou owest.
The gospel says, I frankly forgive thee all.

The law says, Make you a new heart and a new spirit.
The gospel says, A new heart will I give you, and a new spirit
will I put within you.

The law says, Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, 
and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
The gospel says, Herein is love, not that we loved God,
but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

The law says, Cursed is every one who continueth not in all things
written in the book of the law to do them.
The gospel says, Blessed is the man whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

The law says, the wages of sin is death.
The gospel says, The gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The law demands holiness.
The gospel gives holiness.

The law says Do.
The gospel says, Done.

The law extorts the unwilling service of a bondman.
The gospel wins the loving service of a son and freeman.

The law makes blessings the result of obedience.
The gospel makes obedience the result of blessings.

The law places the day of rest at the end of the week's work.
The gospel places it at the beginning.

The law says, If.
The gospel says, Therefore.

The law was given for the restraint of the old man.
The gospel was given to bring liberty to the new man.

Under the law, salvation was wages.
Under the gospel, salvation is a gift.

Here's wishing you a blessed and peaceful week ahead!

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