I’ve struggled with legalistic thinking and behavior. This type of thinking is characterized by a focus on rules and regulations, rather than on Jesus’ grace. As a result, feelings of guilt and shame constantly plagued me.
However, there is good news! When we replace our legalistic thinking with Jesus’ grace, we experience true freedom. We no longer worry about living up to some unrealistic standard.
Legalistic thinking Traps Us in Cycle of Guilt and Shame
I often fall into the trap of legalistic thinking. I become so focused on following the rules that I forget to live my life in grace. As a result, I’m constantly burdened by feelings of guilt and shame.
This type of thinking is very harmful because it keeps me from experiencing the true freedom that comes from knowing Jesus. When I’m focused on following the rules, I can’t focus on living my life for Christ. This can lead to a never-ending cycle of guilt and shame.
Freedom Comes When We Replace Legalistic Thinking With Grace
When we replace our legalistic thinking with grace, we finally experience true freedom. We don’t worry about living up to unrealistic standards.
This is such a liberating feeling! We’re no longer a slave to legalistic thinking. We’re free to live our life for Christ without the burden of guilt and shame.
Practical Ways to Put Grace Into Action
There are many practical ways that we can put Jesus’ grace into action in our life.
- Start by being more mindful of our thoughts and attitudes. When we catch ourselves thinking legalistic thoughts, stop and remind yourself that Jesus loves you, no matter what.
- We can also be more intentional about showing grace to others. When we see someone struggling, offer them words of encouragement and support.
- I thank God for His grace in my life. This is a great way to keep our focus on Christ, rather than on our performance.
By taking these practical steps, we are setting ourselves up for success in living a grace-filled life.
The Difference Between Law and Gospel
It is important to understand the difference between law and gospel. The law is a set of rules and regulations that are expected to follow. The gospel is the good news of Jesus’ love and forgiveness.
Both law and gospel play an important role in our lives. The law challenges us to live up to a higher standard. The gospel reminds us that our acceptance is through grace, no matter what.
When we focus on the law, we can become legalistic in our thinking and behavior. This can lead to a never-ending cycle of guilt and shame. However, when we focus on the gospel, we can experience true freedom. We no longer worry about living up to some unrealistic standard.
Know When We Operate out of Law or Gospel
There are a few key indicators that can help me know when I am operating out of law or gospel.
First, if I am feeling guilty or ashamed, then chances are I am focused on the law. Second, if I am constantly comparing myself to others, then I am likely operating out of law. Third, if I am trying to earn God’s love and approval, then I am once again focused on the law.
So, what can I do about it?
When I find myself in any of these situations, I need to stop and remind myself of the gospel. Jesus loves me, no matter what. His grace is sufficient for me. I don’t have to earn His love or approval.
By keeping the gospel at the forefront of my mind, I can avoid getting trapped in legalistic thinking. Instead, I can focus on living my life for Christ, free from the burden of guilt and shame.
Last Thing to Know About Legalistic Thinking and Behavior
Living in Jesus’ grace is the best way to experience true freedom. When we focus on His grace, we are no longer burdened by feelings of guilt and shame.
I am so thankful that Jesus’ grace has set me free from this cycle. His grace has given me the freedom to live my life for Him, without constantly worrying about whether I am measuring up. I can now focus on my relationship with Christ, and this has made all the difference in my life.
If you are struggling with legalistic thinking, I encourage you to turn to Jesus’ grace. It is the only thing that can truly set you free from the cycle of guilt and shame. With His grace, you will live your life for Christ without worry or stress. So, ask God to help you let go of your legalistic thinking and embrace His grace today!