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The Ten Commandments

God is our Father but also the ultimate Law-Giver and Judge. His standards are way higher than our own. And He gives us His standards as commandments we need to follow. The reason he tells us what we can do and what we cannot do is to protect us from the effects of wrong doing. He is the one who created us and he knows what is good for us and what destroys us.

Sin destroys us from the inside out. Though it might give us temporary pleasure and seem good and useful for the moment, it will eventually destroy us.  Anytime we break God’s commands it is called as sin in the Bible. Sin is anything that is wrong in God’s eyes; it may not necessarily be wrong in our eyes or the eyes of the world. The Ten Commandments that God gave through His servant Moses, is the summary of His standards and expectations. Checking our lives with will help us see where we stand in His eyes. Here the Ten Commandments are listed from Exodus 20:1 -17:

1.   “I am the Lord your God…“You shall have no other gods before Me”. 

‘No other gods’ implies not worshipping any other god other than the one true God, through Jesus Christ whom he sent as the savior of the world.

It also means that we should not put anything or anyone else in the place of God in our lives. God is the highest and the greatest: so anything in our lives that takes the first and the highest place in our lives is our god! It could be self, family, husband, wife, children, parents, work, money, hobby/interest or anything else that consumes us. God has to be the center of our lives.

2. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the  water under the earth;  you shall not bow down to them nor serve them”.

This commandment implies that we should not make, bow down to, pray to or worship statues images, idols and pictures, even those of Jesus. (For a detailed description read:’Statues, Idols And Images: The Second Commandment’)

3. “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”.

4. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God”.

5. “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you”.

6. “You shall not murder”.

Murder is not only the physical act of killing someone but also retaining anger and hatred toward someone.

‘Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.’ (1 John 3:15)

7. “You shall not commit adultery”. 

Adultery is the physical act of unfaithfulness to one’s spouse and also lusting in one’s heart for someone else.

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery’. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Mathew 5:27-28)

8.  “You shall not steal”.

This commandment involves not only stealing as a physical act but also the spiritual act of stealing from God by not giving the tithes(ten percent of all that we earn) and offerings that belong to God.

Malachi 3:8- 10: “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed Me! But you say,
‘In what way have we robbed You? ’In tithes and offerings!
You are cursed with a curse, For you have robbed Me, Even this whole nation.
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house,
And try Me now in this,” Says the Lord of hosts,

“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven. And pour out for you such blessing
That there will not be room enough to receive it.

(For a detailed description on tithing read: 'Tithing Or Spirit Led Giving’)

9. “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor”.

10. “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife…nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

 

Jesus summarized the Ten Commandments into just two in the New Testament:

Mark 12: 29-30 - Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all  your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.

Checking our lives with the first four commandments in the Ten Commandments will give us a good indication as to whether we really love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. But it is much deeper than just keeping the law.

Mark 12: 31 -  And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

The last six commandments of the Ten Commandments are a good indicator as to whether we really love our neighbors (spouse, parents, children, friends, colleagues, bosses and everyone else associated with us), but again it goes much deeper than just strict rules.


FORGIVENESS FOR SIN

No matter how grave your sin or how many times you have sinned, God is willing to forgive you. All you need to do is to acknowledge your sin, confess your sin to God and ask Jesus Christ to wash away your sin with His precious blood. Jesus is the remedy for your sin. He shed His blood, died and rose again on the third day to set you free from sin and its effects and to give you a brand new life!

‘If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.’ (1 John 1:9)

‘But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.’ (1 John 1:9)


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