"How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word." Ps 119:9
As members of a society, each of us subjects ourselves to some set of guidelines, rules or laws. These observances help identify us and provides structure for our interactions with others. We are, for example, subject to the laws enacted by the Congress of the United States. We participate in that we elect representatives to go to the nation's capital and enact these laws on our behalf. We do the same thing for the states and cities in which we live. The schools our children attend have rules and many of us are even subject to neighborhood associations. Failure to act according to these tenants comes with consequences. These consequences could involve removal from society through incarceration. Even there, however, there are rules to which one must adhere.
When it comes to our spiritual lives, it is the very word of God from which we receive our rules, laws and commands for living. When we accept the gospel, we willingly accept His will in our lives. Rather than being restrictive, God's law is designed to provide freedom. When properly applied to our lives, it can provide freedom from hard lessons, the consequences of sin and spiritual death (among many others).
Beloved, when we come to an understanding of who God is, our desire should be to be found completely enclosed within His will. We dare not hazard being found near the border or hanging out on the margin. There is danger there. Our goal should be to pursue perfection in all things that are pleasing to Him who made us. His word is the ever shinning light that beckons us from the dark and keeps us in the glow of His Love. Let us be found there in all that we think, say and do.
Loving Like Jesus,