Are you a rule breaker? Do you like to push boundaries and live on the edge? There's nothing like that adrenaline rush to make you feel a little wild, and risky. However, what kinds of risks do you take? Do you break rules at home, or go as far as breaking laws, in terms of speeding when you drive or thieving at work? Sometimes living on the edge is a rush, like encountering roller coasters or taking part in a race. However, when it comes to a life of faith the laws are there as purpose, guiding us as per direction of God. Think about your moral life. Do you live according to God's word?
Today's Gospel states:'He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him." Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?" Jesus answered him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me. "These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you' (John 14:21-26).
In today's Gospel, we hear about how to obey God's commandments is to truly embrace the life He's given. It's given clear, that Jesus came to teach is what we need to know to live in communion. Those rules that are small, are important to follow yes, but when it comes to those that are mortal sins, things that separate us from God, we need to find redemption. Just as those small things give you a temporary rush, the nature of sin, going against God's commands only gives a temporary relief, before the empty feeling of regret returns. God is all knowing and all good, so should we not trust His will for us? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you keep to His commandments.
Today's prayer comes from 'belief net' a prayer for a heart of change:
I am grateful for Your gracious offer to give me a new heart, one that loves You, one that is tender and responsive to Your voice and one that reflects Your love back to everyone in my life, friend and foe alike. How can I access this heart? Through faith – just the same way I received my salvation in the first place. So in faith, I take You at Your word. I receive today a new heart and a new spirit. I will walk with this new heart and care for this new spirit by my commitment to Your Word and by seeking Your face through prayer and worship. Praise You! I receive a new ME!