St. John's Lutheran
The Rule of Love
Wednesday - March 25 - Read John 9:13-17
13 They brought to the Pharisees the man who had formerly been blind. 14 Now it was a Sabbath day when Jesus made the mud and opened his eyes. 15 So the Pharisees again asked him how he had received his sight. And he said to them, “He put mud on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” 16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not from God, for he does not keep the Sabbath.” But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. 17 So they said again to the blind man, “What do you say about him, since he has opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”
At night parents put their kids down for bed. The exact time that each family does this varies, but for children bedtime is a “rule” that is good for them. What if a child suffering from cancer was sleeping and during the night God healed that child. Would you say, “Hey God! You had all day to heal him! You know that it is bedtime. You should have waited until the morning!” That would be ridiculous, but that is what the Jewish religious leaders do. A man born blind has been given his sight and they are worried about keeping the rules of the Sabbath! But that is the nature of God’s love and grace. God does not play by the rules. God just gives away love, mercy and grace “willy-nilly” to whomever He pleases! Jesus forgives you of Your sin. Don’t try to force love and forgiveness to play by the rules. Just receive it and give it away!
Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus and giving me your boundless love that does not "play by the rules." Be the Ruler and Lord of my life and lead me by Your Spirit to live by the rule of love. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
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