When I started reading where I left off earlier today, I wanted to insert many quotes in this comment, but then as I read on, there were so very many great points I would want to insert as quotes, that I decided not to! but i probably won't be able to fully resist..
I'm glad "eating meat sacrificed to idols" was brought up as that was what i was thinking about while reading..
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.."note the 'one' talent possesor does not increase
has not love.......and see's God as harsh..."
Sheila, I never thought of that.. but it is surely right on! And also especially, "It is strange to God
that any should clothe themselves with theeir own righteousness in the flesh..and not take
the wedding garment offered/free gift of righteousness by spirit provided by His son." !
Julie, I love what you wrote! (as usual/as i always do:) "If the heart is not inline then every action is pagan."
..It kind of reminded me of how Grace is the Power of God.. and how the scripture says the law dilutes that power
...not that, as you, Mpslitter, and Jabcat, rightly point out, it is not "do as thou wilt".. But it is a strong power within, which results in seldom having to say "today i will not murder" (hate, dislike?) or "today i will not defraud, cheat, etc" for the power progressively working within a born again believer is the same power which rose Jesus from the grave (and also btw, parted the Red Sea, etc, etc.. created the universe in six days).. The whole idea (to God, I believe) is for us to not have the motivations to, well, do anything outside of His will, which is love.. "Love works no ill"
I like Seth's - "Love God and love your neighbor. That's it. Just ask yourselves, am I loving God, and loving my neighbor? If so, then your heart is right with God in what you do, and everything you do will fall into place. " - (I also got out of that - whatever we do or speak, is the motive love? (thanks, Seth)
JulieTang, you are right in how you always say "love! it's Love!"
"God is love."
..all are learning and will have deeply engraved on their hearts.. love. "Writing His law on our" (beating, alive, soft, pliant) "heart". (With his very finger(?) as He wrote "the law" on stone.)