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Written by Chuck Swindoll, these encouraging devotional thoughts are published seven days per week.

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Four Antilegalistic Strategies

Grace killers cannot be mildly ignored or kindly tolerated. You can no more allow legalism to continue than you could permit a rattlesnake to slip into your house and hide. Before long, somebody is going to get hurt.

Defining Legalism

Legalism is an attitude, a mentality based on pride. It is an obsessive conformity to an artificial standard for the purpose of exalting oneself.

Defining Liberty, Part One 

Now that Christ has come into my life and I have been awakened to His grace, He has provided a freedom from that kind of slavery to sin. And along with that comes a freedom that brings a fearlessness, almost a sense of invincibility in the presence of the adversity. This power, keep in mind, is because of Christ, who lives within me.

Undeserving, Yet Unconditionally Loved

Jesus spoke of an abundant life that we enter into when we claim the freedom He provides by His grace. Wouldn't it be wonderful if people co-operated with His game plan? There is nothing to be compared to grace when it comes to freeing others from bondage.

The Inescapable Tension

Because of grace we have been freed from sin, from its slavery, its bondage in our attitude, in our urges, and in our actions. But having been freed and now living by grace, we can actually go too far, set aside all self-control, and take our liberty to such an extreme that we again serve sin.

Alternatives to Grace, Part Two

I can cultivate a judgmental attitude toward those who may not agree or co-operate with my plan. Grace killers are notorious for a judgmental attitude. It is perhaps the single most un-Christlike characteristic in evangelical circles today.

Alternatives to Grace, Part One

There is no capacity for commitment in an unregenerate heart. Becoming an obedient, submissive disciple of Christ follows believing in Christ. Works follow faith. Behaviour follows belief. Fruit comes after the tree is well rooted.