Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Love of Rules

Ten Commandments
Ten Commandments,
originally uploaded by Jordan Chan.
Lifted from Our Daily Bread

Read Romans: 13:1-10

Love is the fulfillment of the law. Romans 13:10

God had a relationship with Adam and Eve that was based on loving trust. The only rule that was necessary was one that protected them from knowledge that would end in death. But when disobedience broke the trusting relationship, God added more rules to protect the wayward couple and their offspring.

In Christ, God proclaimed once more that the good life He wants for us is not about rules but a relationship. As Paul wrote, all the commandments can be summarized in one word: love. Because we are "in Christ," we can enjoy peace with God and others-not because there's a rule but because there is love. - Julie Ackerman Link.

The greatest force on earth is not the compulsion of law but the compassion of love.

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