Rules are bad, right?

It happens all the time. Mom or Dad tell their kid not to do something because their going to get hurt. The kid didn’t realize the danger they were in but instead of being grateful, they get mad at their mom and dad and want to do the bad thing even more just to prove them wrong. Rules are bad, right?

Never happens to grown ups right?

Pastor Paul in his letter to the church in Rome, chapter 7:7-13 says something very similar.

Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, “You must not covet.” But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power. At one time I lived without understanding the law. But when I learned the command not to covet, for instance, the power of sin came to life, and I died. So I discovered that the law’s commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead.  Sin took advantage of those commands and deceived me; it used the commands to kill me. But still, the law itself is holy, and its commands are holy and right and good. But how can that be? Did the law, which is good, cause my death? Of course not! Sin used what was good to bring about my condemnation to death. So we can see how terrible sin really is. It uses God’s good commands for its own evil purposes.

Summarizing The law tells me what sin is but because I know what sin is I want to do it more!

Now, is the law bad or the person giving the law to us bad. No, of course not, it is trying to stop us from getting hurt and hurting others. It’s us who are stubborn and rebellious and want to do it our own way and get mad at the person trying to help us.

We learn as Christians to see that attitude for what it is, sin and selfishness and instead see what Jesus is trying to to do, not take something away from us, but keep us safe and give us more than we could ever think of.

Remember this principle this Sunday, when you ask why you go to worship? Not that Jesus is trying to take away your weekend but in worship Jesus is protecting you and giving you more than you can ever imagine.

Have an attitude of gratitude about you and remember who really wants the best for you.

Great Lakes!

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