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KEEPING THE 10 COMMANDMENTS SIGNIFIES LOVE
Most people do not see keeping the 10 Commandments as signfying love. All they perceive is God wanting to control the people in their free thinking. They wish for freedom of thought, free will to do as they wish without consequences. But God sees perfectly what is good for the soul, what is perfect, pure, and undefiled.
Since Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden of Eden and lost their eventual freedom to eternal life, God was merciful to the descendants of the first created human beings. God gave Adam and Eve another son, Seth to replace Abel whom Cain killed. From Seth there was a son born, then men began to call on the name of the Lord and his name was Enoch.
LOVE GOD, LOVE MAN
Jesus explained more clearly what was meant in the 10 Commandments. He divided them into two specific commandments, and that is to love God (4 commandments) and to love Man (6 commandments).
1 John 5:3
- For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
- Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
I. HOW TO LOVE GOD
God is not an ordinary man, but our creator who created our first ancestor, Adam. He is spiritual and therefore does not need our physical gifts to thank Him. Man was created in His image, but like all humans have weakness.
What God wants from us is complete devotion, excluding everyone, everything! For four thousand years in the Old Testament He longed to embrace His people, but they were not receptive until Jesus came along and opened the hearts to the concept of love. Love is a beautiful feeling, a feeling of peace. contentment and happiness. Love is forgiveness, sees no evil, accepts what is offered and feels gratitude towards the giver. When you accept God to the exclusion of all others, you depend on Him completely as a loving wife depends on her husband. Her mind does not seek other fulfilment. She is absolutely content and the husband fulfils all her wants and desires.
The first four commandments tell us how to love God, and that means we must obey Him according to His instructions. We cannot just declare we love Him and hope all is well. If we love God, we must please and obey Him.
Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
1. Exodus 20:3 - 1st Commandment
Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Do not worship any other god like money, and status. There is only one God. If you satisfy God, He will reward you accordingly with posterity. wealth and status - Abraham, Noah and Job.
2. Exodus 20:4 - 2nd Commandment
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath or that is in the water under the earth.
Do not worship angels, any human beings, or animals. All these things were created by God. Worship the creator God, not the created and no one else.
Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me.
Do not parade your saints from town to town venerating them asking the people to remember the dead. Recently a child who was molested and died hundreds of years ago was sent across the seas to exhibit the dead. The adherents were told to say prayers for the dead. The dead are dead and cannot hear us. Pray to God who is alive.
3. Exodus 20:7 - 3rd Commandment
Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh the name in vain.
And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.
Do not profane God's name. Do not simply swear in God's holy name unnecessarily! Some people utter God's name by saying, "Oh my God!" or "Oh Gosh" by trying to convince people that he is speaking the truth. Speak the truth at all times.
4. Exodus 20:8 - 4th Commandment
Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it; because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
Remember God instituted the Sabbath for our benefit for we need rest after 6 days of labour. God does not need rest Himself. This commandment comes with blessings of rest, sanctification and blessings upon obedience to God for observing the 7th day and not on any other day.
HOW TO LOVE MAN
To love man in general is not to harm him and to treat him as you would like others to treat you. You would not want others to kill you, so do not kill them, but treat others with respect as you like others to respect you. This is a very reasonable act on how to love others. God is not asking you to do the impossible.
1. Exodus 20:12 - 5th Commandment
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
This commandment comes with a blessing of long life. Life will be prolonged to those who honour their parents. God gave your parents on earth to care for you from birth until you are grown up and able to take care of yourself.
2. Exodus 20:13 - 6th Commandment
Thou shalt not kill.
Your life was given by God and He will decide your fate, when or how long you shall live. Another person's life does not belong to you and you have no right what to do with him. God is the deciding factor for He holds life and death in His own hands.
3. Exodus 20:14 - 7th Commandment
Thou shalt not commit adultery.
God had made provision for one man, one wife as He created Adam and Eve. When man or woman commits adultery, he or she breaks God's law and creates a lot of problems, jealousy, strife, quarrels, hatred, revenge amongst other things.
4. Exodus 20:15 - 8th Commandment
Thou shalt not steal.
Everyone has his portion in life and he should not steal from his neighbour. It creates bad feelings, anger, injustice, strife.
5. Exodus 20:16 - 9th Commandment
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.
In doing so, you may falsely accuse your neighbour and send him to prison or have him killed by your witnessing. Justice is not done and may create a lot of problems for the police and inconvenience for some people. Some may be accused wrongly and sent to prison, or even death. The wrong may escape justice due to your false witnessing. Justice flies out of the window.
6. Exodus 20:17 - 10th Commandment
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
You should not covet anything belonging to your neigbour. What is his is his. You should not envy his belongings. Be content and grateful for what you have.
The 10 Commandments are very clear cut. There is no beating around the bush. Love God and obey Him implicitly. Love Man and do not envy him. You have your portion in life and what is his belongs to him and no one else. Be content with what you have. Obey God and He will bless you. Follow His instructions and be satisfied with your lot in life.
Keeping the 10 Commandments signifies Love
Do you believe that the saying is true?
- THE OLD AND NEW COVENANTS
Old Covenant: Blessings for obedience(Deuteronomy 28:1-14). Curses (15-68) New Testament: The Lord: I will put my law in their in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people (Jeremiah 31:33). The Holy Spirit is given to live in t
- THE PERFECT JESUS CHURCH
God and Jesus are one and He completely submitted to God. Must keep the 10 Commandments of God and Sabbath is one of them. Baptize to fulfil all righteousness. Must observe Holy Communion to remember His death. Footwashing is essential to be part of
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