You have died with Christ, and he has set you free from the evil powers of this world. So why do you keep on following the rules of the world, such as, “Don’t handle, don’t eat, don’t touch.” Such rules are mere human teaching about things that are gone as soon as we use them. These rules may seem wise because they require strong devotion, humility, and severe bodily discipline. But they have no effect when it comes to conquering a person’s evil thoughts and desires. (Col 2:20-23 NLT)
Prayer: LORD, though there must be structure for a relationship to exist, too much structure can choke the life out of it. Help me never to be so obsessed (or oppressed) with rules that I miss the life, freedom, and reality of the relationship I can have with You. Help me understand this. Do whatever You need to do to make it so. In Jesus’ name, Amen.