First a few questions for you:

Do you believe God loves you?

Did God make rules to oppress you?

What are the consequences of your behavior?

Consider the following verses:

Galations 5 16-25

16So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. 17For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.

19The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

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Focus now on verses 19-21 above. Many feel that this list is a bunch of  regulations meant to control and to make life miserable.  They think God doesn’t want us to “have fun”.

But right now, let’s look at each item and think of the consequences of participating in that behavior.

***Sexual immorality(impurity, debauchery, orgies): We know that if you live a life style of free sex there are some very grievous repercussions–broken hearts, unplanned pregnancy, abortion, disease, and even death.

***Idolatry and witchcraft: Doesn’t seem like there would be any consequences of this lifestyle. SarahAnne Sumpolec ,once a practicing witch said, “At one point, as a senior in high school, I even felt that my “spirit guide” was leading me to kill myself. I made one serious attempt to take my life but when that “didn’t work”, I began to flounder, wondering what I was doing wrong. I couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for.”

***Hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy: Have you known anyone who because of any of these things hurt someone else? Think domestic violence. Think Bernard Madoff.

***Drunkeness: broken families, drunk driving leading to death, violence, reduced judgement (which can lead to pregnancy, use of other drugs, etc).

God wants us to have this: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

He doesn’t want us to experience the consequences of breaking the “rules”. Sounds a lot like LOVE  to me.

Your answer to my first question, “Do you believe God loves you?”, I hope your answer is “YES”. Because He does.

1 John 3:16
This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.

God loves you and He wants to protect you.

John 3:16-17

16“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son,[f] that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

I’ve shown the consequences and I’ve shown you TRUTH. Which would you rather have?