Susan says: Mar 18, 2006 - 8:32 A couple of snippets from the Message v.27 & 31:“God does not respond to what we do, we respond to what God does … But by shifting our focus from what we do to what God does, don’t we cancel out all our careful keeping of the rules and ways God commanded? Not at all. What happens in fact, is that by putting that entire way of life in its proper place, we confirm it.” If we get into the whole “keeping of the law” thing the focus is on us. Trying to keep a set of rules means we are always thinking about ourselves and about whether we are doing the “right” thing or not. Whereas when the focus is on God, His Spirit enables us to keep the law without us even thnking about it.