All who depend on works of the law are under a curse.
Sounds confusing. We are told to follow the rules…but then St. Paul tells us that if we depend on “works of the law” that we “are under a curse.” Well…following the rules does keep us in line. We know that rules and guidelines are essential with children. They need rules to make sure they don’t get into trouble. But when we grow up…while the rules are still good…if our motives are only guided by being a “rule-follower”…where is the compassion and love in that? Many times Jesus broke the religious rules when they became obstructions to love. Jesus said when you get down to it…the only two things that mattered were to love God and your neighbor as yourself. No one can ultimately follow the rules perfectly so if you are holding yourself to that level of perfection…you are indeed “under a curse.” For it is only in our imperfection that we can experience the unconditional love of God. It is in that experience that we are transformed so that we in turn can also extend the same compassion to others in their imperfection. Following rules will not make us whole (or “holy”). That’s up to God’s grace.
Suggested song of the day– “Changed” on the Give Praise and Thanks album.
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Have a blessed day!