Big Idea: God is the giver of the Law and yet God, as demonstrated through the life of Jesus, is not legalistic. Legalism is excessive adherence to the law or a formula. It is possible to keep the law and in doing so, violate a greater law or principle. What this means is that God wants us to be people who put the spirit of the law before the letter of the law. If we do not, we will become critical and controlling of others like we see with the Pharisees, and completely devoid of compassion.
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