Have you ever tried to start a diet or a new workout routine? You knew the rules of the diet and the schedule of the work out but it seemed like so much work and you just didn’t stick to it. Simply knowing what you were suppose to do wasn’t always enough to actually make you do it, or at least not enough to make you faithfully stick to it to the degree that you we’re suppose to. Now, think back to a time when you were in love. When you really wanted to please and impress the object of your affection. The primping, dieting and working out, all of a sudden, no longer felt like work and it became easy. In fact, it became very natural and rewarding. The same task you dreaded doing before, now are anticipated with excitement and joy as you do them in preparation of a great date with your love.
Love changes everything. God gave man the Ten Commandments, the law, but simply knowing what they were suppose to do didn’t always make them do it. It was like the diet plan, it made sense on paper but maintaining it in practice wasn’t always easy and they cheated and failed at it continually. Then Jesus comes into the world and sweeps us off our feet as He pulls us in and makes us part of the greatest love story ever told. We fall in love and all of a sudden it’s no longer difficult to follow those rules. We want to please and impress our new love and doing so isn’t only easy now, it’s actually very natural and rewarding.
If you are struggling with perpetual sin in your life, perhaps it’s time to ask yourself, “Do I really love God?”. Maybe it’s time to stop trying to fall in line with the rule list, and start falling in love with the rule maker. Get on your knees before God and tell Him that you are ready for a closer, more personal relationship with Him. Ask Him to be the love of your life, spend time with Him to grow that relationship and keep it fresh, and watch love change everything.
“Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.” – Romans 13:8-10
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.” – Matthew 5:17
“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” – John 15:13
“God is Love” and “Love fulfills the law”