Advent ….covenant of love

[the Lord said,] “Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!”

Deut. 5:29

Ann steadily walks us into Advent ….into Christ Himself….into God

This days writing is about the 10 commandment and love

If you are anything like me the 10 commandments have always represented law!

– the epitome of a to do list.

ADVENT – seeing Gods love come to life – this law in action = CHRIST

You shall have no other God before me = CHRIST moved as the Father spoke

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below = Christ even though He was God in the flesh did not set himself up as GOD but always pointed to the Father.

….Christ came to fulfill the law ! To teach us that the law was love for us not rules and slavery. God wants to be joined to us. To love us as a husband loves his wife. Sadly we often behave like Hosea’s wife Gomer who runs after the love of this world,  prostituting herself. We chase everything but GOD. GOD CHASED US FIRST. Our women’s bible study just finished Jennie Allen’s Chase DVD study. David was a man after God’s own heart and was a complete mess but God called him Blessed and loved him.  I think that is what we are all after = love.

The 10 commandment are not rule but rather relationship!

That is possible because Jesus came

Ann asks and will you join me in answering

Confess the ways you’ve broken God’s commandments

When have you felt afraid to approach God?

Write out your thanks to Jesus, whose love makes it possible for you to approach a holy God

poem

the ways …..the ways

confess the ways

I don’t need to confess I live it

broken ….flawed…..messed up

miss the mark

whatever you wanna call it -I have been there

most days we cant even keep the first law and neither can I

Have no other God before me ….let nothing steal your affection for ME

I cant pass up a brownie that doesn’t steal my affection

how do you return to a holy God after a brownie stole your heart

only through Christ

Seriously we all live distracted lives

attracted to things that feel good and pay fast

our affections float after just about anything

sweets

treats

attention

affection

perfection

rights

might

and despite it all CHRIST CAME KNOWING we fail like this

and endured the cross to make a way for us

to always be able to turn around and say “Father help me !”

I want to love you

I was scared

I am sorry I ran away again

and every time God sees His Son in us

and says “come here, my love, come here “

Praise God for the Son has come…….ADVENT!

 

Starla

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