Rules vs. Love
Updated: Jul 16, 2020
Question for you? You ever feel like you were judged for not following the rules? Ever been frustrated with the moral police? Has it kept you from church or avoiding certain family members? This is your episode. Here you go...
Rules. Okay, rule followers, yes, we do need structure. Structure does help. Society and order are nice to have. You know who else has a lot of rules and order? North Korea, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia. Do you want more rules or do you want more heart? Do you enjoy being married to an a-hole that needs to be right all the time? Who in their right mind wants to go to a church or family where they feel belittled? Are you really passionate about Jesus? Then you will love like Jesus. You will follow his most two important commands: Love God, Love Others. All the other rules that you may be passionate about mean nothing if you don't get those first two right. Check out Matt 22: 36-40
36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Now check out Colossians 2 : 16-20
Freedom From Human Rules
16 Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. 17 These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ. 18 Do not let anyone who delights in false humility and the worship of angels disqualify you. Such a person also goes into great detail about what they have seen; they are puffed up with idle notions by their unspiritual mind. 19 They have lost connection with the head, from whom the whole body, supported and held together by its ligaments and sinews, grows as God causes it to grow.
20 Since you died with Christ to the elemental spiritual forces of this world, why, as though you still belonged to the world, do you submit to its rules: 21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? 22 These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings. 23 Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.
So religious elite, put that in your spiritual pipe and smoke it. And for those that feel/felt belittled, you are now empowered with Truth. Strange Love works. Love is greatest of all. If you are versed, you know that. Let us all, including myself, practice that more. For those confused, here's a prayer for you. God, I may not get all of this. I do know I want and need more love. Can you open my eyes to this Jesus love you promised me. I choose to accept. And for those that chose to accept it already, will you show me them how to better love and less judge. In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.