Rules without relationships lead to rebellion
rules without relationships lead to rebellion,
discipline without relationship leads to bitterness, anger and resentment.
I think for so many people Christianity is dry an meaningless because they never got to the good stuff.
They heard a lot about what-to-do and what-not-to-do and obviously soon got burned out or simply discouraged because they couldn’t stand under that kind of pressure.
And so many of have left Christianity with that bitter taste.
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Some have simply never even gave it a shot because of someone else’s experience.
The problem, they saw and heard a lot about rules and never got into the relationship.
What they experienced was an empty emotionless doctrine empty of the power that Jesus promised His disciples.
Relationship over empty rules
Jesus wants more for you. And backs it up with a promise.
I will never leave you or forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
How does He do that? The Holy Spirit will come and dwell in you.
John 14:26 (NIV) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
When you repent and surrender to Jesus He comes and begins a relationship with you. In this relationship, He shows you His unconditional love and His desire to transform you. Sometimes it might seem hard to obey but because we know that the one who is giving us the commands love us and has the best intentions for us, we happily obey.
The relationship makes all the difference.
When you get to Jesus every single page in the Bible comes to life.
All the “do’s” and “do not’s” take on a whole new meaning—they were given for my good.
When God has your heart he can tell you where to go what to do and your response will be “Here am I. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8).
I think this is why Jesus commanded us to love God with all her heart soul and mind.
When you love someone you’re willing to do anything for that person.
Jesus did that for us “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
And once we have understood this and embraced it, we happily do the same for Him.
I’m not sure where you are in your spiritual journey, but don’t settle for empty rules. Instead, choose a relationship with your maker, savior, friend, and lord.
It makes all the difference when God has your heart.