For outsiders looking at Christians, we’ve got a lot of rules. There are the Ten Commandments, Sermon on the Mount, how to treat people, what to do in a marriage, how kids are supposed to treat parents, etc. But according to 2 Corinthians 5:14, “The love of Christ constrains us,” conforming us to be like Him (MEV). The “rules” become acts of worship. Are we teaching our kids that the rules we have in our homes aren’t only to protect us from danger but can be acts of worship? I’ll be honest—I haven’t done this very well. I’ve been more dogmatic about, “These are my rules. You better obey them while you’re in my house” rather than, “These are life-forming policies that will remind us of our need for Christ in our lives.”

Scripture taken from the Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Suggested Reading: 2 Corinthians 5:14-15