The two great commandments of the law are, at the same time, invitations offered to our freedom. Though the commandments of love are laws, we receive them from a Father who made us free to respond with love. Many people are tense and anxious by nature and carry that over into their spiritual lives. They tend to see the laws and rules of Christianity as rigorous demands imposed from above. This can make for a distressing religion. Jesus never intended his religion to be distressing for sincere hearts. We, all of us, are in our Father’s house. His house is a place of trust and peace.
Temperamental tendencies are deeply rooted. It takes practice to learn how to let go of our anxieties. It is also prudent to have a wise spiritual guide. Jesus invites us every day to abide in his love and extend it to others. It isn’t his purpose to put us through an endless series of examinations. It is his purpose to lead us into his heart, in which all our fears are dissolved in his love.
Let your love rule my heart and my feelings, Lord. Set me free from slavishness so that I may live as your friend.