|Franciscan Allegories: Allegory of Obedience (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
If you are a parent you want obedience from your children, not to restrict their freedom, but to keep them safe and bring order in your family. Obedience is not a bad thing or a negative thing. On the contrary obedience is necessary and expected. We all have to obey the laws of the city, state, and country where we live.
Many reject the Bible as a book with too many rules to follow. Yet some of these same people would think it outlandish if a sporting event were played without rules. Without laws and rules the world would be chaotic and we'd never get anything done. In fact we'd be living in a very unsafe place.
If you have a problem thinking in terms of laws or rules, let's think in terms of the Bible providing God's guidelines to give you a better life. Sure, it seems like there are long lists of rules in the Bible, but these guidelines are there to help us. Jesus simplified things when he told us that the greatest laws were to love God first and then each other. If we focus on these ideals, then everything else begins to fall into place fairly naturally.
Obeying the law is not what provides our salvation. We are saved by God's grace if we choose to accept it. Once we have accepted the Lord and begin to live by faith. obedience becomes a part of the way we live and the way we want to be. We obey because we love.
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