Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Spiritual Rhythms of Life for Today

Ethics, as expressed in the economy of exchange can never be an end in and of itself. Love, grace, and mercy go beyond an ethical right and wrong, however, without effacing it. Therefore, following in the footsteps of Christ will be relationally challenging and risky. We may not receive as much as we give. For the journey on this path is traced in and marked out by the economy of gift, which opens up new ways of being, seeing, and living.


Living Spiritual Rhythms For Today


Steve Schaper said...

We are indeed called to a new commandment; to lay down our lives for our friends, even our enemies, as Christ did, commanding us to love one another as He did.

In a relationship, I think it is important to make sure in self-examination that we aren't habitually receiving more than we are giving. That can cause all kinds of resentment. Yet if we are on the receiving end of selfishness in a committed relationship, we must simply love and give - and pray. We have (even some animals have) an inherent sense of fairness. But love is no economic exchange of exact halves of the last slice of cake. Love is death to self-centeredness and life to the other. We need God to refill us in such a case!

Greg said...

Thanks. I agree that habitually giving more than we receive might cause resentment, but of course, it need not necessarily do so.

I like your assessment that love is death to self-centeredness, I think not the self per se, and life to the other. And thankfully God may give to us in a variety of ways and through a variety of others.