Love is the Answer

Does anyone follow the rules anymore? Doesn’t It seem like everyone goes their own way and finds their own truth? Speeding, jaywalking, using a cell phone while driving, filing taxes honestly and on time, and underage drinking are some of the top laws broken today. We sometimes think a little stretching of the rules is okay because everyone else is doing it. And besides, the sermon title tomorrow is “Jesus’ Bad Habits: Breaking Rules” so if Jesus broke rules, then we’re in good company. Right?

Ah it’s so easy to justify. We live in a world of denial. Similar to Jesus’ day. The leaders focused more on rules than on relationships and people. They kept the rules strictly to justify their behavior of holding power over the people. Which was just as bad as breaking them. 

Jesus didn’t break the rules because he thought he was above them. He broke them to show that breaking or keeping the rules is beside the point. God gave us rules that we might live blessed lives. Paul wrote this about the law.

Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet”; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law. Romans 13:8-10 NRSV

It’s easy for us to interpret the laws to our own advantage. But we don’t get to do that. The main point of any law or rule is to help us love God, ourselves and our neighbor. If it doesn’t help us do that, then perhaps, maybe…Jesus would be okay with breaking it. (But we need to be very careful about that because it's easy to interpret and justify to our own advantage.)

Join us tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 am as we gather to consider what this bad habit of Jesus has to teach us. It won’t be the same without you.

Grace be with you,


Love is the Answer

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