Under Penalty of Law

 A couple of days ago, my husband and I headed out to a nearby small town.  We'd heard that it was "Big Trash" day so drove under the cover of darkness to see what we could find.  Apparently we were too late.  Some of the trash had been picked up already by the commercial trucks.  But I DID find these cushions!  

When I viewed the photo, one of the first things I noticed was the white tags!  Even as a soon-to-be-65-year-old, I STILL have psychological hesitations when it comes to removing tags.   I was somewhat comforted thinking that the former owners of these cushions must have had the same hesitations....

But this morning, after they had dried from a good scrubbing, I took the plunge!
I think it is that "under penalty of law" part that gets to me.  I forget to read the REST of the tag!  And as I pondered this, the lights went on in my mind.  I understood more clearly the concept of law and grace.  Of the POWER of the law and sin over me before my RELEASE from it!  No more "have tos"; just the grace to "want to" and power to DO.

So, my dear brothers and sisters, this is the point: You died to the power of the law when you died with Christ. And now you are united with the one who was raised from the dead. As a result, we can produce a harvest of good deeds for God. When we were controlled by our old nature, sinful desires were at work within us, and the law aroused these evil desires that produced a harvest of sinful deeds, resulting in death. But now we have been released from the law, for we died to it and are no longer captive to its power. Now we can serve God, not in the old way of obeying the letter of the law, but in the new way of living in the Spirit.  (Romans 7:4-6)

Today, I will serve God with fresh insight about this "new way of living in the Spirit"!
Do YOU have any tags still attached to merchandise at YOUR house?
Come on.  Be honest!


  1. That is so funny! My mom is the same way - she would never take the tags off! I would say to her "the tag says except by the consumer. That's you!" But she still wouldn't do it. We tease her saying "Look I cut a tag off. Oh no! Here come the tag police!"


  2. I always love your real life "parables", Rebecca!

    And I am chuckling over Deanna's "tag police" too! I don't think I have any tags at my house...I lost my dread of the tag police a long time ago. :)

  3. I probably do have some tags still attached to chairs. I used to have the same reservations about removing them! But, wow, am I glad I'm free in Jesus! Cute post!

  4. I lost my fear of removing tags later in life when I realized it was for manufacturers. I am glad to have freedom in Christ where I can snip the tags that bind me. Great observation Rebecca.


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)