I.M. Smothered 20 Jan 2022
When a fire produces too much smoke, it may smother itself. Furthermore dense smoke is smothering for persons.
Figuratively spoken, I can smother by too much love or too many rules.
That is perhaps why God only gave 10 commandments. Not too many rules. It is perhaps why God hides himself, so that I will not be smothered by His great love.
In the same way, a healthy community should have few written-in-stone rules. We all make faults. And when we are smothered in guilt and shame, nothing good will come forth from the rest of our lives. God invented forgiveness. To clear the clouds.
Father God, have mercy on us.