Read 2 Corinthians 3:6
"He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant--not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life." NIV
"Who also hath made us all ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life." KJV
The Son of God left behind His glory in heaven to show us how to live the Spirit of the law and stop failing at our miserable attempts to live by the letter of the law. It seems we find ourselves at times struggling to complete things we think will make us more worthy of God's love. If we depend on good works to get His reward, we also have to believe on our misdeeds will get us out of favor with God. This would result in a life of spiritual ups and downs, uncertainty, and utter defeat. Living in the Spirit brings peace and assurance that we are His children.
Heavenly Father, forgive us for trying to earn our salvation by doing good deeds. Help us to live in the Spirit of the law, not the letter of the law. We desire to please you and pray You will speak to us when we begin to trust in our good works. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Bobbi Craigmyle, Psy.D., BCPCC