The law is the law
My son and I were heading into town when an oncoming sheriff turned on her lights and made a U-turn. Assuming she had been called to an emergency, I pulled over to let her pass. Instead, she pulled up behind me. Oh.
My mind was racing, trying to figure out why. I wasn’t speeding because I had just turned left; I couldn’t have accelerated that quickly. (Okay, I could have. But I knew I didn’t.)
Then she informed me that I had treated the stop sign like a yield sign. (Okay, I believe that.) Fortunately, she simply gave me a friendly reminder to make a complete stop at that intersection.
As my son tells that story to everyone, my first reaction is to defend myself. “C’mon, it’s a quiet county road. Everyone treats it like a yield.” That wouldn’t hold up in traffic court though, would it? No. The law is the law.
My second reaction is to realize how often I rationalize my actions with God too. He tells me to love my neighbor, and I say, “C’mon, but these people are so arrogant.” He tells me to go and make disciples, and I say, “C’mon, this could get uncomfortable.” He tells me to approach people when I’m offended, and I say, “C’mon, I’d rather just stew about it in private.”
No. His Word is his Word. His love for me changes the way I look at what he tells me. I no longer think his commands limit my life. Instead, I get to love him back by obeying him. In fact, “this is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world” (1 John 5:3,4).
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