God requires you to be legalistic. A perfect God deserves perfect people. Jesus commanded perfection.
But it’s not what you think. God isn’t some bureaucrat who grinds out mountains of regulations. During his last supper with his disciples, Jesus replaced all the rules of religion with one new commandment: “Love each other, just as I have loved you.” The great apostle Paul would later write, that “the whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
John, the disciple Jesus loved most, absolutely shreds rule-keeping legalism with this amazingly circular paradox: “Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another ….” (2 John 1:6 NLT’96)
God requires you to be legalistic — about loving others the way Jesus loved us.