A good definition on Legalism (also described as superstition by Dallas Willard):
Legalism: [a ]claim that overt action in conforming to rules for explicit behavior is what makes us right and pleasing to God and worthy of blessing. Dallas Willard
I grew up in a system that perpetuated conforming to rules that I might be pleasing to God. It damaged how I felt, thought, and lived.
The dynamic power of God’s love shapes and reshapes my inward devotion, remaking my external habits and practices. Basically, His love leads me to transformation. 🙂