Saturday, March 2, 2019
Paul's Second Mode of Action
Freedom in the spirit characterizes Paul's second mode of action. He knows that he has reached a place in which he no longer acts through pressure or conformity to external standards. He acts out of his inner abundance, according to Martini. He is "truly able, consequently, to take on fervent attitudes that would otherwise be reckless for him to ty to imitate."
Paul is free from every currant of popular opinion. He has an inner strength that even holds out in opposition to Peter. Martini will tell us that "this freedom is not arbitrary or presumptuous but rather comes from a sense of absolute and total belong to Christ as a slave, as a servant."
Freedom is the source of the humblest service. It is worth reading Galatians 5:1-13) as you reflect on this mode of action.
We have much to learn from Paul.