Rules will never love you

In WM Paul Young’s best selling book The Shack  Sarayu is advising Mack about  the rules in Scripture. The conversation goes like this:

“The Bible doesn’t teach you to follow rules. It is a picture of Jesus. While words may tell you what God is like and even what he may want from you, you cannot do any of it on your own. Life and living is in him and in no other. My goodness, you didn’t think you could live the righteousness of God on your own, did you….It’s true that relationships are a whole lot messier than rules, but rules will never give you the answers to the deep questions of the heart and they will never love you….Religion is about having the right answers, and some of their answers are right. But I am about the process that takes you to the living answer and once you get to him, he will change you from the inside.”

MacKenzie’s is a journey of change and transformation through grief and then love and it is on this journey that we constantly need to be reminded of the one who is with us and can guide us if we let him- not through rules but through love. As Oswald Chambers said; ” faith never knows where it is being led, but it knows and loves the one who is leading.”


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