The Battles That Rage Within…

Peace be with you !

This mornings first reading was taken from Romans 7:18  Very good stuff in here because it is a reading that deals with the fallen nature of the human being.    There is a certain duality that occurs within each person.    Again this duality has been expressed in many faiths.  For some they see  a little devil on one shoulder and a little angel on the other shoulder.       Lets take a more practical look at these things.

God is omnipotent, all knowing, all seeing.  Satan is a fallen being, powerful, but not as powerful as God.  Now, God gave man free will.   You can choose to do what ever you  want.  You can do good, or you can do evil.    How do we know what is good and what is evil ?   We know because our conscience tells us so ( provided you have a well formed conscience).       There is a little voice for each of us that tells us when we are doing something good, or when we are doing something wrong.    There are phyiscal reactions/reflections if you will that occur in a person who chooses to do evil.

Are we sinful ?  Of course we are.  We are also a people of light and love.

In the history of the Christian faith, we came a place where the Jewish people of that time, were people of “the law”..  there were over three hundred laws  that you were required to live by in order to be considered good.   If you broke the rule you sinned and you were bad.       Lots of rules….

Christ came along and tried to teach us that the rule was LOVE  not the laws.    Love thy neighbot.  Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Turn the other cheek,  LOVE your enemies.  Love is patient, Love is kind. etc  etc.

Do we really LOVE  the others in our life ?   When we battle with those choices of good and evil, the rule of love, is the only rule that matters.

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