Love, not force,
Humility, not pride,
Truth, not deception.
Before a nation,
To approach Jesus as just a religious idea or concept is to miss out the glorious reality of “Christ in you.” Christianity was never intended to be about rules, but about the risen Jesus living in and thru His followers.
Ancient Pharisees misused the prophets. They honored them but ignored their message. Modern ones honor Jesus but ignore His message.
Grace is like when your favorite football team scores a game-winning touchdown. You didn’t earn it or make it happen, but it releases an inner flood of joy and enthusiasm that spontaneously overflows from within you and causes you to make celebratory actions with your body. Real grace produces works that overflow from within you.
The Bible says to live by the Spirit (God’s presence directing you from within), not by the flesh (your desires and feelings). Conscience is the mysterious something within us that tries to convince us to avoid wrongful desires and emotions.