Spiritual laws? What are they? Is there a list?!?!?
Let’s begin by looking up the definition of “law.” One assumes one knows the meaning of a word. We use this one often. A law is a rule established by the government… Hm. True. In the Free Dictionary, one definition is: a way of life. Another: A statement describing a relationship observed to be invariable between or among phenomena for all cases in which the specified conditions are met.
There’s one list of spiritual laws with which many are familiar – the Ten Commandments. I used to consider these to be constraints. Things I must do, things I’m not allowed to do. With some study, I came to understand that, in fact, the Commandments define a relationship – the relationship between God and His children. Even wikipedia defines them as “principles relating to ethics and worship.” The first four commandments instruct us in how to relate to God: No other gods before me, no idols or worshipping of material things, don’t take the Lord’s name (identity) in vain, keep the Sabbath Day holy. He loves us, so we should love and respect Him. The final six commandments define our relationships with each other and remind us of God’s provision for us and who we are. Honor your parents, don’t murder, don’t commit adultery (stay pure!), don’t steal, don’t bear false witness (see the truth about others), don’t think you need what others have. So, those are some clear spiritual laws, or principles.
There are more to be found in the Bible. Man is made in God’s image. God saw everything he had made, and it was VERY good. Not just good, but VERY good. God is Love. God is a Spirit. Hang on, if God is a Spirit, and we’re made in His image…. Hmmm.
Hubby and I went to see “Son of God” tonight in the theater. Very well done movie of Jesus’ life. They had a scene about Jesus walking on the water, with Peter getting out of the boat to go to him. As I watched Peter exit the boat, his attention was intently on Jesus’ face. He took no notice of his surroundings, just got out of the boat to obey Jesus’ call. When he allowed his attention to wander, he saw the storm, the waves, and – holy moly – he was OUT OF THE BOAT! With that, fear took over, and he sank into the water. Jesus had to lift him back up, and chastised him for his lack of faith.
This experience of Peter’s is a clear illustration of the spiritual law that we’ve been practicing in the MKMMA – When your attention is so strongly on your goals that you see nothing else, you can do ANYTHING.
Here’s another spiritual law: Happiness is the Truth!