Galatians 3:26 So, in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith,

Isaiah 54:5 For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth.

John 15:15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.

It’s apparent, God desires relationship with us and not religion. God made us His children, His bride, and His friend all at the same time. These three things encompass all the forms of an intimate relationship.

God doesn’t want a bunch of people following rules in an attempt to please God. That’s religion and religion means bondage. He wants intimate relationship with us. He wants to spend time with us, He wants to know how we feel about certain things, He wants to be involved in our decisions, He wants us to know Him more. Based on a good relationship with God and understanding the magnitude of what He’s done for us, it should be our pleasure to follow His commandments.

Religion hinders our relationship with God. Get to know God and let Him get to know you. Let’s grow in our relationship with God.