Religion leaves you feeling lost but relationship connects you to God. Religion is man’s attempt to reach God or to earn His favor. Real relationship with the Lord may begin with a hunger for God but even that hunger comes from Him because no one comes to repentance unless the Spirit draws them.
Religion knows about God but through Relationship we can KNOW God.
Before I was born-again, I went to church almost weekly as a child. I could tell you Jesus died for me, I could even quote some scripture but never knew the savior personally. I was religious, I trusted in my church, my confirmation, even the cross on my neck but had never even met the Savior!
Religion is a list of Dos and Don’ts but relationship causes you to alter your behavior because of love.
Matthew 22:35-40 – One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
Love causes us to fulfill the laws of the one we love. In the absence of love the law is needed.