What Are The Rules? And What’s All This Stuff About Being Born Again?

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Where does your sense of right and wrong come from? Your morals. I’m not asking what your doing? I don’t know you. But where does it come from? Some will say, from what’s good for society? But where does that come from? Some will say, I decide what’s right and wrong? What if we all did that? Would there even be such a thing as society if everybody decided for themselves what’s right and wrong?

Did you know there’s a whole book in the Bible about a society where everyone was making up the rules as they went along? It’s in the Old Testament. It’s called the Book of Judges. It’s the 6th book. Twice in the book, it says that everyone did what was right in his own eyes.

If you read the book its just one disaster after another. War, chaos, murder, lies, and nothing but problems for the people. Some of the stories are really disturbing. That’s how society turns out when everyone gets to decide what’s right and wrong. Somebody has to make the rules.

So, who makes your rules? Do you have any? For me, the whole concept of morality, is easy. God has told us all about it. It’s in the Bible. Jesus even told us the short version. Love God with all your heart and love your neighbor as you love yourself. Can you even imagine what the world would be like if we all lived like that? How families and nations would heal? How wars would end? It’s phenomenal. Just think about it.

See some people think the Bible is a set of don’ts. It isn’t that at all. It is a book to teach us how to love God first, and everyone else next.

But the Bible tells us how we’ve messed that up. It says, we’ve all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. We know that’s right. We know how we’ve messed up. But did you know that the Bible also tells us that God doesn’t want anyone to die in our sin. He wants us all to be forgiven. All of us. No matter how rebellious we’ve been.

In John Chapter 3, Jesus says, we have to be born again. I bet you’ve heard that expression. That’s what Jesus called, conversion. Being born again. It’s a fresh start. A new beginning. We’re starting over. And how many of us love the sound of that?

He says even more than that in Chapter 3. He says God loved the world so much that he gave us his son, and that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His son into the world to condemn us, but to save the world through Him.

That is so different that what some of us think Christianity is all about. Stop listening to what people say, and start looking at what God says. The Bible says God loves us. That’s not just a saying. That’s a fact. He loved us enough that Jesus came and died in our place. Jesus took our punishment. We don’t have to spend eternity in outer darkness. That place we call Hell. Jesus said, Believe in me.

God knows what we’ve done. He knows our dark side as well as the face we present to the public. He knows where we’ve been, what we’ve done, what we’ve thought. He knows every piece of us. Sometimes that’s scary. Sometimes we have something we want nobody to know about. And it scares us to think that God knows it.

And he still loves us. Think about that for a minute. It will make your head spin. God knew your mess ups long before you were born. Yet he still allowed it. He loves you so much that Jesus died for you, even before you were born and messed up.

He says you can start over. You can try again. He says believe and be born again. Love God first, and others next. That’s a great way to start over. I know, because I’ve been born again. I know what it’s like to be so messed up that my head was spinning. But God forgave me, and has given me a new life. I’m different. Not perfect, but different.

And God wants to do that for you. Frankly, I want that for you too. I know how frustrating it is when you’re trying to make up the rules as you go along. The game is absolutely no fun that way.

I want you to read John chapter 3 this week. And if you get a chance, read the book of Judges too. You’ll get a picture of what life is like without God. And what is promised if we’ll be born again. No contest.

I hope you’ll think about that for a little. I hope you have an awesome week. That’s all I’ve got for now. So I’ll talk to you next week. Until then … I’m out.

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