Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Authenticity of the Word of GodExodus 20: 1-21
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS DISPLAY THE CHARACTER OF GOD AND REVEAL HIS MORAL WILL FOR HIS COVENANT PEOPLE
The Ten Commandants are divine commandments given to us by God. Christ was able to sum up these commandments under 2 main headings: Love for God and love for our fellow man. There is both a vertical and a horizontal component to the Mosaic Law. These are not given as the pathway to salvation but as the righteous expression of a heart that has been transformed by the grace of God.
While all the Ten Commandments deal with our responsibilities toward God, the first four are particularly Godward while the last six are manward. How we relate to others depends on how we relate to God; for if we love God and obey Him, we’ll also love our neighbors and serve them (Matt. 22:34-40; Rom. 13).
When we see how God has poured himself into His law, it becomes obvious that He could not have given us any other commandments than the ones He gave. The Ten Commandments express God’s will for our lives because they are based on His character. They reveal his sovereignty, justice, holiness, honor, faithfulness, providence, truthfulness, and love. And the Ten Commandments teach us how we should love and treat others.
The question we need to ask ourselves is how authentic and real is the Ten Commandments in our lives? Do we love and honor God? Do we have any idols in our lives that take us away from God? And do we love and respect our elders and neighbors?
These are the questions that God is asking us as he gives us the Ten Commandments. They act as a mirror so we can reflect on whether we are living in God’s Word.
Friends, let us not just memorize God’s Word but live it out in our daily lives.
Father, help us live in your commands and show your love to the world as we stand for your truth. Loving God, help us to live for you and lift others up in love with our words and actions.
Thought of the Day
What acts of kindness can you do today to show God’s love to others?
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