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Psalms 78 to 80
The teaching of 'Biblical principles to live by' is getting very popular. Principles are OK when coupled with relationship, but hopeless otherwise.
Rom 7:21 So I discover this principle HCSB
Fundamentally our Christian lives are all about relationship.
Relationship with God.
Relationship with the body of Christ (the Church).
Relationship with our neighbours.
If we learn to live by 'principle' the temptation is to no longer feel the need of close intimate communion with God. We were made for close intimacy with God. You may say ' I talk to God all the time – even when I walk down the street – so I don't need special quiet times'. If all the relationship I had with my wife took place in the street, we would either fail to be intimate or get arrested.
Yes, we should talk to God all the time, but that place of intimacy is what God wants and we need to hear direct.
Whenever someone tells you to live by a principle that removes your 'need' to hear what God says, they are not speaking from God. Principles without relationship equals law – just like the Jews of the New Testament era. God always wants intimacy, not the following of 'law'. God bless the Jews, but you are called to follow Christ, not law, regulation or principle.
1 John 4:15 Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God's Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. 16 We know it so well, we've embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. (THE MESSAGE)
Principle plus relationship equals life. Have both – now that works well.