Beyond the rules

Luke 6:2 Some Pharisees said: “Why do you do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?”

We must not lose sight or become ill attached to a rule forgetting of why rules exist. Rules are there as a great indication, as a signal, like a compass, but it is not the journey, goal or the end. The Sabbath day is dedicated as a time of rest. It is a time of recall to man as a breathing spell to enable the soul to look up and learn the thoughts of heaven. Just as the rainbow is like a sign from heaven, so also is the Sabbath a reminder to us from God to rest after having worked all other days. The primacy of our life is of God, and if it is of God then we are free. For this reason, at least one day a week we must abstain from work, to remind ourselves that we were not born to work, but that we work to live.
Our opinion about certain rules does not affect the truth no matter what we think or say. Jesus Christ did not interfere with the sanctity of the Sabbath, rather, He came to bring fulfillment to the law. He summarized the laws in two commandments: love of God and for the neighbour. Our observation of the Sabbath day must be devoted to God. Let us follow His commandments in the spirit of devotion, freedom and understanding.
Prayer: Lord, teach us to be law-abiding. Bless the works of our hands.
– By Prisca Onyinye Nwokorie

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