Ten Commandments Are For Our Own Good!
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I like what Zig Ziglar once said, “If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society, He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.” The Ten Commandments are more than just suggestions; they are divine guidelines designed to lead us towards a fulfilling life. When we take a closer look at these commandments, we can truly appreciate the immense love that God has for us. It is not about Him being a strict taskmaster or dictating our every move; rather, it is His way of providing clear instructions on how to navigate the complexities of life. By following the principles outlined in the Ten Commandments, we can avoid unnecessary pain and suffering while nurturing healthy relationships with others and ourselves.
God understands our human nature better than anyone else ever could. He knows that we often struggle with making good choices and need guidance along the way. That’s why He gave us these commandments as a roadmap for righteous living. They serve as guardrails protecting us from harmful behaviors that may lead to regret or harm others. When you examine each commandment closely, you’ll discover that they all promote values such as respect, honesty, integrity, compassion, and selflessness – qualities vital for building strong communities and fostering personal growth. These commandments encourage fairness in our dealings with others while also emphasizing gratitude towards God for His blessings. It is important to remember that God’s intention behind giving us these commandments was never rooted in restricting our freedom but rather ensuring genuine freedom through the Ten Commandments. ~ Bill Greguska
Mark 12:28-31 One of the teachers of the Law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
The Ten Commandments Can Help You See More Clearly!
What Good Are The Ten Commandments!
The Ten Commandments are the most visible symbol because these commandments are recognized by Christians and Jews alike as being the foundation of our system of public morality. ~ Pat Robertson
Deuteronomy 4:13 He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.
The 10 Commandments Are Found In The Bible’s Old Testament At Exodus, Chapter 20.
They were given directly by God to the people of Israel at Mount Sinai after He had delivered them from slavery in Egypt:
- “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.
- You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.
- You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
- Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it, you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. For in six days, the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore, the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.
- Honor your father and your mother so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
- You shall not murder.
- You shall not commit adultery.
- You shall not steal.
- You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.
- You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.
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The Ten Commandments Are To Help Us!
Do You Know The Ten Commandments?
Would you please take a few moments to read the Ten commandments? Be honest about it to yourself, realizing that the Ten Commandments are not our enemies. Instead, they are good for us! They are a simple set of rules to follow so that we do not go astray. So that we love God with our whole heart, mind, and soul and love our neighbor as ourselves.
Just think about how the world would do without the ten commandments? They are to guide us and give us freedom rather than restrict us and burden us. ~ Bill Greguska
The Ten Commandments Are The Cornerstone!
The Ten Commandments sums up what we ought to do and not do. A concise way to say the Ten Commandments, in a nutshell, is written in Luke 10:26-27 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”
More About The Ten Commandments
After reviewing the Ten Commandments, we may think we’re not too bad if we have broken only a few of them. We may have missed the mark, but we think we can try again a little harder. However, the Bible says, “For whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” James 2:10. If we have broken even one of the Ten Commandments, it is as if we have broken all of them. That is a pretty strict standard to follow. By that standard, Adolph Hitler, Jack the Ripper, Osama bin Laden, Billy Graham, Mother Teresa, you and I would ALL be equally guilty.
That would put all of us in an eternal world of hurt unless God provided a way to remove those sins that we have committed. Numbers 32:23 warns us, “Behold, ye have sinned against the Lord: and be sure your sin will find you out.” We may try to hide our sin with good works now and then, but our sin will indeed find us out when we stand before the throne of Almighty God one day. This is a dismal reality, is there any way out, or does this Law doom us? You’d better believe there is hope!
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Leviticus 22:31 ESV
“So you shall keep my commandments and do them: I am the Lord.
John 14:15 ESV
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
Exodus 34:28 ESV
So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.
Deuteronomy 4:13 ESV
And he declared to you his covenant, which he commanded you to perform, that is, the Ten Commandments, and he wrote them on two tablets of stone.
Exodus 20:13 ESV
“You shall not murder.
Exodus 20:17 ESV
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
Exodus 20:15 ESV
“You shall not steal.
Romans 6:15 ESV
What then? Are we to sin because we are not under law but under grace? By no means!
Exodus 20:7 ESV
“You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
Exodus 20:14 ESV
“You shall not commit adultery.
Exodus 20:3 ESV
“You shall have no other gods before me.
Romans 13:9 ESV
For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
Romans 13:8-10 ESV
Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
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