June 20

Galatians 3:23-26

“Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith.” vs. 24

The coming of the Christ into the lives of the disciples marked a massive transition. No longer would they be controlled by the external demands of the law. Instead the Spirit of Christ dwelling in their hearts would guide them on a journey marked by love and compassion. Many of us know what that feels like. Even though we haven’t lived by the tenets of Judaism or been subject to ancient traditions we do know what it’s like to live under the law. It starts early! From the time we’re toddlers we’re told how to live and what we should and shouldn’t do. We’re warned again and again that our acceptance is dependent on our behavior. Some of us even learn that love itself is contingent on our actions, that unless we “measure up” we’re pretty much unlovable. It’s an awful way to live, almost like being in prison! But then comes the day when faith reveals the presence of the indwelling Christ and our inner selves hear the message of unconditional love and freedom that is the essence of the gospel. What a blessing that sweet story brings! The prison doors are flung open and we can celebrate freely the new life that is ours. Bit by bit the Christ light at our core begins to shine brightly and everyone around us is warmed by God’s love.

Thought for the Day: When did the prison doors open for me?

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