I am horrible with cramming/ memorizing. I can if I have to but I’d rather not. I would rather understand a topic or issue enough to discuss it in my own words. My mind should be able to “wrap around” the topic, then “devour and digest” the topic into my spirit. This enables me share the topic with conviction and passion, rather than just standing as a stone, speaking merely out of memory recollections. You may be this way as well. With this backdrop, imagine then, how I felt about Christianity when someone introduced it to me as a book of rules. How could I memorize all these rules of Do’s and Dont’s and then strive to obey them daily – flawlessly. These rules here mentioned are a major dissuading factor to many wanting to follow the straight and narrow way.

Imagine again, the relief I felt, the joy unspeakable that flowed through the sinews of my being, when I learned that Christianity was not about rules, but about love. A love relationship with the king. A love affair between Jesus Christ and myself. Yes, there are the rules, but all these rules are enraptured in the commandment “…Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” – Romans 13:9. In a relationship, you love the other person insomuch that you do not want to hurt them. You do your best to be there for them when they need you most. You are faithful because your love for the other person surpasses that of any other person. There is trust you can’t betray. Christianity is likewise, not about rules, but about LOVE.

Perfect love casts away all fear, including the fear of death and hell. It’s not about, “if I break one rule, God will cast me to hell”. It’s about, “I love God so much I don’t want to hurt Him today”. He has done so much for me. He has taken away my sorrow – oh glory halleluyah, He is coming to take me home. And for that, the least I can do is love Him more everyday. I am not perfect, I make silly mistakes. Mistakes that are too embarrassing, but this I do, I reckon myself to be dead to sin and alive to righteousness. I strive to love Him more perfectly each day. There is no denying my love for Him. He is my sufficiency. He is my all in all. He is the object of my worship. He is the love of my life. This is Christianity. Christianity is not about rules, it’s about LOVE.

Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law. – Romans 13:10