I was a teenager in the 60’s – the age of ‘free love’. It’s when people took up the idea that ‘love=freedom from all restraint’. We’re still dealing with the aftermath, in terms of broken families, shattered relationships, generations of insecure people who have never experienced safe boundaries. It’s like a game of football with no line markings, the referee is either absent or refuses to blow the whistle and there are no fouls. It inevitably ends up with lots of conflict, anger and injury. If you need convincing of this, take a visit to the family law courts and sit in the waiting area. It’s a tragic sea of broken hurting humanity. Unfortunately, many of us know the reality of this all too well without going there.
Thank God that He has not set things up like this. His love for us is so great that He wants us to live in safety and enjoyment of him, each other and the creation He has given us to live in. He has taken the trouble to reveal himself to us in his word and in the person of his Son, Jesus. He has lovingly explained good boundaries that show us how to get the best out of life. He’s also put in place a rescue plan when we make a mess of it, as we inevitably do. Jesus came so that we could have life, abundant life. He is so committed to it that He died to pay the price for our sin and brokenness and open up the way back to God for us.
As we begin our True Love series, opening up the 10 commandments, let’s pray that God will help us to know him better, love him more, and trust Jesus our Saviour more totally.