Ice Cream and the Spirit

I like to enjoy the spirit of life without getting caught up in too many details. I like soft ice-cream in the cone from a dairy shed. But I know those people who only live by the nutrition labels when I have already eaten more than half. At that time, they know every unhealthy preservative and sugar content in it. I say to myself, “just let me be happy and enjoy this little bit of life.” They really know how to put a damper on the spirit. Or when I go to give someone a gentle and heartwarming hug and they slap me on the back much harder than a loving pat should be. I figure they must be living by some internal law that don’t allow heartwarming interactions. Also, I grew up around dogs, so I love to rub my hands through their fur and give them gentle “bear” hugs. It’s a real let-down to find a tick crawling on me afterwards. It robs the spirit of something precious. Things like that happen so routinely that I’m convinced that my corner of life is governed by an unwritten law against heartwarming spiritual interactions. I prefer not to live by those spirit-dampening laws because it seems to be full of curses and bad consequences. Just like this scripture says, “For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.” Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.” Galatians 3:10-11

I’m the same way when it comes to Jesus too. I have received those electronic messages that says I have to continue sharing a Jesus letter so that I can be blessed, but I immediately trashed them. That doesn’t mean I’m trashing the blessing of Jesus. They are trying to harden me against the Spirit of Jesus. I listen to Jimmy Swaggart music too, but some people share every polluted detail they know about him. I don’t care about that; I enjoy hearing about Jesus; I’m not worshipping Jimmy Swaggart. They are really trying to harden me against the Spirit of Jesus. I think the worse is having the past brought up, acting like a lawyer prosecuting a crime, to suggest how un-Christlike I am. I know they are trying to harden me against the Spirit of Christ. Jesus makes me a child of God and He replaced all the legalisms at the Cross. “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” Galatians 3:13-14

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