If you understand the differences between Laws (truth), Principles and Precepts you will not be confused about what to do any more. You simply have to discover what the speaker or person are sharing, or what you are reading. To apply it all you need is some knowledge and experience. No amount of knowledge can ever change you, unless you take the time to make it part of your life.
The real hard work comes from a life dedicated to grow and develop. The discipline to do more than listen, but to diligently observe all knowledge, and to take steps to apply it to your life.
What do you do, when you hear or read any statement or teaching?
Step 1 – Judge whether or not it is Law!
Go back to the Bible to find out if it is the truth.
If it is not law, it does not mean you have to throw it out.
Look at it, evaluating why you would need the specific knowledge.
It could be a good precept. Some way to apply the truth, you have not thought of? If you adjust good precepts they can also help you.
If it is opposite to any law object in your heart. Never accept any lie! Always oppose lies. Don’t build on them or let them influence you.
Step 2 – If it is Law, gather a good understanding of it
Get your principles in line.
If it is Principle, ensure diligently that it is accurate.
Principles should never clash with any Law.
Step 3 – Design your precept around it.
If it is Precept think on it. Ensure it is based on Law and Principles.
Normally, you might realise that some of your actions might not have been in place. Confess of actions that might have been wrong, or rather the lack of actions.
Let’s take a few simple examples to help you out.
“Love your parents”
No, it’s not law. There is no verse in the bible that tells us to do it.
The closest verse is that we should “love your neighbour”. It is not law but it is in line with Law. That means that I can do it. Yet, if I think on laws about parents there is one that specifically instructs us to be obedient to them and to honour them.
Eph 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Eph 6:2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) Eph 6:3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
That means that “Love your parents” is a precept. A very good precept at the most. A precept we can all endeavor to do.
“Obey your parents”
This is a law.
The bible says it, as law.
Why is it important? (Principle) Because the first promise is connected to it. You will live long in your land. Your children will also honor you. (Law of the learner)
(Precept) I must listen to the things my parents tells me to do, even if I don’t agree.
Never fight against spiritual laws; work with them.