Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them. (Luke 11:46).
My oldest daughter attended a Baptist school in the fourth grade, so we decided to attend the church. Instead of an uplifting sermon, the minister was asking for pledge cards to not watch television. Later I found out my daughter’s teacher punished the children by telling them if they continued their bad behavior, they would go to hell. I wonder how many people this church turned away from God.
That church preached legalism, laws. Like the Pharisees, they thought it was their duty to tell people what they were doing wrong. Jesus came to give us joy and peace. He took away all the burdens of the Old Testament law, replacing them with only one command – Love God and others. Because when we’re loving, pleasing God, we’re not breaking laws. Love is helping others ease their burdens, not adding to them.
Lord, forgive me for placing unnecessary burdens on my family and coworkers. Help me show and teach in a loving way. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.