Law or Grace?

I started reading Leviticus this morning…why?  Prompting I guess,  and it is a book that I often avoid and when reading the Bible. I usually skim through all the offerings, especially the burnt ones when they talk about the blood and what to do with the entrails and kidneys, etc., yuck. But, when I read in my commentary that there are more direct words from God in Leviticus than any other book in the Bible, I figured the Holy Spirit was leading me there for a specific lesson to be learned.  It didn’t take long for me to remember that holiness is key in this book.  I tend to get lazy about holiness.  Don’t  you?  I tend to think that I am doing pretty well, quiet times, Bible study, prayer, giving, serving, watching my actions and words, loving on my neighbors….  But holiness starts in my heart and how am I really  doing there?  Where is my humble heart that bows before a Holy God?  It reminded me that  holiness is as important to God now in 2011 as it was in the 1450-1410 BC years when this book was written.  My actions are a facade if they have not been spurred by the holiness of desire in my heart to please my God.  This  desire  stems from God’s love for me, from His grace and mercy on me.

I have a dear friend who is in the middle of raising small children and she questioned me about the balance of mercy and grace-truth and justice in raising children.  How did I handle that way back when?  As I read this morning, I thought of her question.  How do we balance law and grace in child rearing and what does that have to do with holiness?  I wish I had inspiring answers, but I don’t.  I know when I raised my kids I was not a believer, but I wanted good children, moral children, polite children, children that would fit into and be productive in society once grown.  I know there has to be consistency in the law and truth part of raising kids and I know that there is a lot of grace in the mercy and justice part of raising kids.  God does the same for us too.  He is so consistent in what He tells us and what He requires of us.  A few things that are Law to Him- we are to love Him with all our heart, we are to be obedient to His Word, we are to humble ourselves before him, we are to worship Him.  But He is also so full of grace and mercy.  He gives us things we do not deserve and He does not give us a lot of things we do deserve.  So isn’t that what we must do in raising our kids?  Most importantly, as believers raising kids, it must be an issue of a heart that is holy and totally seeking God’s best for our child.  Since our kids are all individually created by God, then each child will require individual amounts of grace and mercy.  Even though we do need to have some laws in raising children, we can mix in lots and lots of mercy and grace and be effective too. I didn’t realize as a young parent that I wanted to raise children according to biblical standards but God  instilled this desire in my heart before I knew Him.  When I messed up I asked for forgiveness and started over again and tried to do a better job the next time.  God gives us that same ability now in our personal lives and for you “mommies”, He does that in your ability to raise Godly children.    We can always begin again…every day…every hour…every minute, it is never too late with God.   I am thankful that I can always read Leviticus and be reminded that Holiness is important to God and it needs to be important to me in my daily life.  It must  begin with a humble and right heart, a fear and reverence of who God really is, and then from my heart will flow what I need for my daily life-whether I am loving on and correcting grand-babies, or trying to figure out how to effectively raise children in the Lord.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Christy
    May 25, 2011 @ 20:38:36

    🙂 How good to remember that his “mercies are new every morning” and “never come to an end” (Lam 3:22-23). Amen!

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