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April 26, 2004 Herald Journal
Pastor's Column

God’s commands express His love for us

By Rev. Lyndon Korhonen
Good Shepherd Free Lutheran Church, Cokato

It was March in the log cabin up north. We had arrived to do a few days’ work.

There had been no heat in the cabin since Jan. 1. As the wood stove began to warm the place and, later in the day, the sun began to shine through the large round-top windows that faced west, an “early” awakening occurred. It was a butterfly!

At first, the butterfly rested on the windowsill, periodically spreading its wings and gazing out on all the “freedom” and sunshine of the woods, which were still clothed in a heavy blanket of snow.

As the warmth of the sunshine through the window increased, the wings of the butterfly began to beat more often, until it finally became nearly a continual beating of insect against glass.

The nature of the butterfly wanted to be free, but it did not realize that what kept it, at this time, from “freedom” also kept it from almost certain death in the snow-covered earth.

Finally, one of the family members made the decision to grant the buttefly its freedom, by taking it by the wings to the door and setting it free. It remained in flight about a minute before it succumbed to the cold air and fell to the snow below.

So, was it love to grant the butterfly its freedom, or was it love to keep it inside the cabin, protected by the glass that it fought against?

Was God’s warning to Adam and Eve in the Garden, not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, one of love or of restriction?

Is God’s command regarding adultery one of love, or restriction to a human’s natural instinct to have “free” love?

Is God’s command for a wife to submit to her husband one of restriction, or love?

Is God’s command to children to obey their parrents one of restriction, or love?

God sees through a “glass of love” and knows that we need protection until the conditions are right to maintain life for us.

What commandment or restriction are you “flapping” against, that God has placed there for you out of love, to protect you? He knows that if you fly out too early, it will mean destruction.

You see, God does love you – His commands are an expression of that love.


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