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Message from Duncan - September 2017

A couple of months ago, on this website, I gave an example of when it is okay to break the rules in order to follow God’s heart. I spoke about a child getting her dress dirty in order to help a friend in distress.

Let me say a bit more about this. If you’ve read anything of the bible, you will have heard of the Pharisees. They were the ones who did all they can to live upright lives and keep to the rules. So, imagine if a family of Pharisees moved into your neighbourhood today. You may well consider yourself fortunate. They would be upstanding citizens, involved in community life. They would enthusiastically contribute to your Neighbourhood Watch programme. They would never turn away someone from a charity asking for a donation. They would be neat and tidy and respectful.

Okay, you may have to put up with them occasionally knocking on your door because they want to share their love of the Lord with you. But you count that as a small price to pay for having such good neighbours. At least you wouldn’t have to put up with loud parties, and their children wouldn’t lead your children into drugs or alcohol. They would seem like wonderful people.

So, wouldn’t you be surprised if Jesus turned up and told you the same thing he told the people of his day: ‘Unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven’ (Matthew 5 verse 20).

‘What?’ I can hear you say, ‘How can I possibly be better than them? They’re so perfect, they make me sick! How could I ever please God if they don’t?’

The thing is, the Pharisees followed the letter of the Law, every single bit. ‘The Bible says it, so let’s do it.’ But Jesus says that’s not enough. Following the letter of the Law is dangerous. That’s why Christians have, through the centuries, burnt witches, fought wars, and killed pagans.

Jesus doesn’t want us to just follow the Bible. He wants us to use the Bible to get to know God’s heart; to see his love expressed in Jesus and to follow him. So God’s love says, ‘It’s fine to break that Law if, by keeping it, you are not being loving to that person.’ Every moment, we are meant to come before him and say, ‘How can I live your way of love in this situation.’

If only Christians had always done this, the world would be a much better place.

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May God bless you

Duncan


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