If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
St Augustine comments on these words, - a man who does not love God's commandments cannot do what is right because the commandments are a test of our love and existence in God.
If you bring forth some sort of statistical average of keeping the commandments in our lives that will not be so bad. Maybe it is not 100% but if it is more than half, you do not have a problem.
Therefore, we ask: why do I keep these commandments?
There are people whose religion is based on rules. For those people precepts and denials are a priority in religion. For them, that is the way it should be. At the time when people commit sin they are devastated. They are devastated when they do not fulfill their decisions. They ask themselves- why have I sinned, why can I not be better? Why is it so hard for me to fix my life? They should forget about this way of thinking and think differently. Because sin not only causes destruction in our lives but first, dismisses us from Jesus. By hurting ourselves by sin, Jesus is also hurt. Of course, keeping rules is important for a Christian but mainly in terms of union with Jesus. Very often, when we do something wrong in our lives we judge ourselves by the moral law. We know we should not do something because it is prohibited. Only faith should not prohibit anything. That we should not do something should be out of love for God.
Throughout His entire teachings, Jesus drew attention to the essential things. Christianity is not about rules but about love.
Therefore, Augustine said - Love and you can do what you want. If we love Jesus, then surely His honesty holds value, His will becomes our will and our values, and then we will not need regulations.
Surely Jesus does not want to be some kind of supervisor who checks each and every move we make or decisions we make. He wants to be loved. Then all the rules that are given to us become like finding a love letter, and not become just a goal.
Can our life be marked by love for God and love for rules - the policy?- which is more important in our lives?