"When we think that God's law is His way of robbing us of pleasure we are no different from little kids who identify sin with getting into trouble. As we mature in faith we should begin to see more clearly the rational basis for divine commandments. As this happens we begin to see the Lord's instructions as delightful aids to health, happiness and the kind of pleasure that lasts." ~Hieromonk Maximos, "Psalm 16: Pleasures for Evermore", Theosis, November 2014, Vol. 3, Number 3, pg 40.
"God's rules are there to indicate the limit beyond we have turned away from him and hurt or broken communion with him. In other words, God's commands serve our communion with him." ~Father Michael Lee, "Christianity: rules or relationship?"