1 John 3:23
And this is his
to believe in the name of his son, Jesus Christ,
to love one another as he commanded us.
Standard instructions you hear as the plane gets ready for take-off:
"Please fasten your seat-belt and put your seat back in the upright
Rules and regulations. "Only eight people in the lift". "Speed limit 30
miles per hour".
They all make life safer when we follow them, although most of us
forget the one about
the speed limit. But life can't really be contained by rules. There's
more to it than that.
Every day we face situations with no convenient rule to tell us exactly
what to do.
We have to use our common sense and make our own decisions. We're on
Well, not quite. There are some basics for all of us, whatever our
faith. To some the
Ten Commandments are old hat, but if we followed them society would be
a lot better.
Then there's a rule from Confucius,
"Don't do to others what you don't
want them to do to you."
That's OK, but Jesus put it positively. He said,
others as you want them to do unto you."
It's one thing to say that you've never done anyone
even if it's true.
It's quite another thing to actually do
The first rule is one of respect.
Acknowledging a person's space, not
treading on his or her toes.
The other is a rule of love.
people is great as far as it goes, but love has
to be proactive, if you'll pardon the jargon.
It means getting out
there and doing some good without waiting to be pushed.
Jesus said he had come into the world to offer us a better life.
He didn't hang about waiting to be asked.
And neither should we,
if the love that is at the heart of the universe
is going to be part of
Lord of my life, teach me your rule of love and help me
to understand that it offers freedom, not constraint.
(taken from: "Talking with Hedgehogs"
- Thoughts for the Day, page 22)