Have you ever heard the word “NO!” and immediately wanted to go on the defensive? I know I have! Or have you ever had something you wanted so badly not come to pass, to realize it was for the best that it didn’t? I know I have there, too. Sometimes “no” sounds so harsh…and for the longest time I had no desire for “religion” and all it’s hypocritical rules.
Thou shalt not. Though shalt not. Thou shalt not. Blah blah blah blah blah!! I’ll tell you a “NO!”. No thank you to all of that! << I certainly had a heart like that at one time.
Then, I learned. God isn’t about “No”. He isn’t about “rules” (aka commandments). He isn’t even about "religion”. God is about LOVE. About FAITH. About HOPE.
God is a God who simply wants the best for each of us. Because he loves us so dearly. When you grasp that, all the other stuff takes on a new light…a one you want to embrace, knowing it’s in love.
Just as a parent sometimes has to say “no” to a child out of love and wanting what is best for that child, so God does with us at times. It’s always ALL about the LOVE. You can’t separate God from love. They are one in the same. God is a God of love. Don’t ever doubt that for a moment.