O Lord, your unfailing love fills the earth; teach me your decrees.
I find it interesting that love and rules go together.
Parents love their children. And our love is expressed through emotion, contact, gifts and privileges, and also through correction and discipline. It’s the same love source just being expressed in many different ways.
In fact, God says that if we don’t discipline our kids, then we don’t really love them.
(Proverbs 13:24) For love to be expressed through correction and discipline means there are rules. Rules and love go together.
God is not a “free spirit,” tolerant, or loose. He disciplines us because he loves us. And for there to be discipline means there are rules. Rules and love go together.
For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way.
It’s important to keep in mind that discipline is not synonymous with punishment. Discipline is just another word for rules. If a marathon runner is disciplining himself to run a marathon, there are certain rules he requires himself to adhere to prior to the race. It’s usually hard word, but it’s worth it to marathon guy who loves running. Rules and love go together.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep my mouth shut, but I know God’s Word says to not repay insult with insult. (1 Peter 3:9) It’s hard work, but it’s worth it to Believers who love Jesus! Besides, he give us the desire and ability to do what pleases him through the power of his Holy Spirit! (Philippians 2:13)
I LOVE God! I love everything about him. He is amazing and creative, artistic, compassionate, kind, loving, and full of surprises. I love him! And because I love him, I want to please him. And because he loves me, he wants me to accept all of his love including the discipline (the rules) just like I would require of my own kiddos because I love them to pieces.
Love and rules go together. Nicely.
Thank you for your great plans and your good will and your “rules” that aren’t burdensome by the fact that you generously pour out your Holy Spirit to give me the desire and the ability to do what pleases you. I want to please you because I love you. Help me to do and say things today that remind me that I belong to you. You are my Dad, and I love you so much. And I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.