Rules vs Love

I found this journal entry the other day and thought I’d share 🙂

Easter Saturday 2014 (19/4/2014 – 12:10 – Corfu church)

Following rules is a way of AVOIDING responsibility. To LOVE always requires TAKING responsibility. Therefore, to LOVE often means breaking the rules. Never for your own sake, but always for the sake of Love.

Love, God, comes before rules. Rules SERVE God, not vice versa. Rules are limited. As soon as they cease to serve God they should be abandoned. Even God’s rules are imperfect. No ‘rule’ can be perfect. God’s rules are imperfect just as his creation is imperfect. We live in a fallen world and everything in it has limitations. Only God, who is NOT in the world, can be perfect – without limitation. Only He may overcome the limits of the world.

We can be perfect, only to the extent that He makes us perfect. If we want to be perfect, we need to LEAVE behind everything in the world, and follow Him. Quite simple really. Almost infinitely simple, yet impossibly difficult. Our fallen nature WANTS to hold on to the world. Our life and everything in it.

HOW can we be called to such extreme non violence. Non force. Surely we should never make it EASY for others to sin against us, to hurt us and ultimately themselves, but how to RESIST without fighting? To RESIST, knowing that you will not be able to resist. Knowing that your resistance will be defeated. To forgive, knowing you have no power to change a person or situation.

Lord, help me follow Your divinely strange way.

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2 thoughts on “Rules vs Love

  1. BM says:

    You wrote: Only God, who is NOT in the world, can be perfect – without limitation. Only He may overcome the limits of the world.
    My thought is the Jesus was definitively IN the world. God became fully human in Jesus, fully one of us, fully in the world – incarnate.
    You wrote:
    We can be perfect, only to the extent that He makes us perfect. If we want to be perfect, we need to LEAVE behind everything in the world, and follow Him.
    My thought is that to be perfect we have to take up our cross and follow Jesus who did not leave behind everything in the world but rather transformed it by the cross.
    BM AKA M

    • I think part of Jesus being ‘fully human’ is that he is no longer inherently perfect for he did not ‘cling’ to his divinity, but instead accepted human limitations, and allows God to MAKE him perfect.
      Dual nature is hard. I feel like to talk about it properly requires an internal contradiction in each sentence… :/

      I think by ‘leave behind’ I meant more like ‘let go’.
      I feel like to ‘take up our cross’ means to ‘let go’ of the world.
      Just like Jesus needed to ‘let go’ of his life to follow God’s plan for resurrection.

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