I have always been a rule follower and found comfort in following rules. These helpful guidelines shape the way that we live and keep ourselves and others safe. My son Dean however, does not have the same love for rules as I do. He is a risk taker and loves to push the limits. Sometimes it can be hard for us to follow the rules.
Two Sundays ago we completed “The Wesley Challenge” as we reviewed John Wesley’s 21 questions. This Sunday we will focus on John Wesley’s “Three Simple Rules” as we seek to understand how to continue to embody our faith.
The three rules are:
1) Do no harm.
2) Do good.
3) Stay in love with God.
These are three rules we can live our lives by each and every day that will help us remember Christ’s golden rule: to love God and to love our neighbors. Come this Sunday as we dive deeper into the Scripture from Mark 10: 17-31.
Prayer: Loving God, help me to do no harm in word, thought, or action. I lift up to you all of those which the church has harmed either intentionally or unintentionally. There are so many people Lord who have experienced such deep hurt that they will no longer set foot in church. Almighty God, help all of us do good when we embody your love and grace who all we encounter, when we take on your call to reconciliation, resurrection, and new life. Help us to stay in love with you, as we are intentional about the way in which we practice our faith. Thank you for sustaining us in this journey of discipleship. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.