Loving Laws or Loving People
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Galatians 5:14
Do you know someone that is hyper critical? I mean, they have a problem with everyone and everything. “The temperature is too hot. The music is too fast. The speaker is too loud. The women are dressing wrong. The bulletin was not folded right. The deacons should have a tie on. The people helping are not doing it the same way I would do it. The van is parked at the wrong place. The family is too big or too small.” You get the idea.
Hyper critical people have forgotten the “Who” they should be loving. Instead of loving God and loving people, they love a “What.” They love rules. They love laws. They love their preferences and personal expectations and project them onto other people in a way that is detrimental to relationship.
If we could learn to love people more than our preferences, programs, and personal pet peeves, then we would show more honor to the Lord. And in turn actually live out God’s law instead of a human version of His law.
Loving our neighbor does several things:
- Considers others ahead of ourselves.
- Creates a forgiving temperament.
- Causes more healthy relationships.
- Casts aside personal preferences.
- Calms personal interactions with others.
Music styles in church can have great variety and still please the Lord.
Preaching and teaching styles vary greatly from person to person, and God can use each delivery style in wonderful ways.
Organizational structure, facility maintenance, the next building project, and more need not be a stumbling point for you or for others at your church. When we love God and love others, no matter the rules we may impose on ourselves, we do not need to let those preferential things divide and hurt relationships.
One terrific example is the Church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:1-7. This church had pure doctrine. They withstood persecution. They even had a good work ethic. But Jesus said “You left your first love.” These second generation Christians, with a godly heritage, clung to laws, rules, and preferences to the neglect of loving Jesus. They loved their “version of Christianity” more than they loved Jesus!
Don’t let rules and regulations or personal preferences stop you from loving your family (or church family) the way the Lord wants you to love them.
Love people more than laws.