“Always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’” “Look both ways before you cross the street.” “Eat three square meals a day.” Life is full of simple rules and guidelines that can help us through the day. While we might not always like rules, we could not survive without them. So what rules and guidelines are out there to help you as a Christian? How do you experience a successful, vibrant, thriving Christian life? Things may not be completely perfect this side of heaven, but you at least want things pointed in the right direction. So where do you begin?
When you look to Scripture, Jesus gives us the most foundational command in Matthew 22, Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’ (Matthew 22:37-38). But what does that look like in your daily life? Sometimes it helps to break things down into bite size, manageable chunks. What follows are six rules or guidelines that can help you truly love God and love others in your everyday world. These are all rooted in Scripture, and these are not the only valid rules out there, just six to help you get going in the right direction. If you can begin to work these guidelines into your daily rhythms and live under these principles, the joy, the life, the freedom you will experience will make it all worth it. Be blessed!