No one likes being told what to do. It’s like we are all offended that someone would think they needed to tell us to do something because we wouldn’t have been able to figure it out on our own… or it’s just something that we just do not want to do. Despite this, we have laws that we have to follow. We have schools and teachers with rules that must be obeyed. And we have parents who tell us to do things all of the time. All of these rules or laws are meant to protect us and make us stronger.
Similarly, Christ and (through Him) the Church have called us to live a certain way. However, it isn’t following rules that will get us to heaven. We have to follow Christ. When we love and respect Him, the rules aren’t rules, our way of living should align with the “rules” simply because we love God.