There is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man. Mark 7:15
By: Carol McClain @carol_mcclain
No meal is complete without the spuds.
Have I said yuck, yet?
Every night, whether I eat them or not, he gets his potatoes. Why?
Not because he demands them, nor because he's difficult or obstinate or surly. Anyone who knows my husband understands the gentleness of his spirit. He gets them because I know how little he asks of me and how contented he is after a dinner of meat and potatoes.
No law of marriage makes me cook something I don't care for. No brutal demands from my spouse compel me to throw a tater into the microwave. I'm a good wife in this one area. For one reason only do I cook them: I love my husband, and he loves potatoes.
This aptly illustrates the difference between religion and faith.
Religion puts on from the outside. You do it because it's a rule.
Faith emanates from the inside. You do it because you want to.
Religion barters for something. "I'll do x if you give me y."
Faith gives without expecting anything back.
Religion looks for tradition and moral loopholes.
Faith looks at the spirit of the law. It works out of love.
Religion looks at the surface. You do the activity, therefore you're unclean.
Faith looks inside. You are unclean, ergo you did what you did.
Religion creates status, puffs one up--I'm better than you.
Faith knows we're all lost sinners saved only through Christ's redemption