God's Benevolent Commandments
You will be blessed if you obey the commands of the LORD your God that I am giving you (Deuteronomy 11:27).
My sons, Brad and Zac, are grown now and both are in full-time ministry. But when they were little kids, they liked to play with all kinds of creatures.
For example, at Arrowhead Springs, California, where we lived at the time, there were a lot of lizards, which were harmless, but there were many other animals around there that were not harmless. We had to teach them what could be harmful to them.
We also had to teach them other ways to avoid harm, such as being careful not to touch a hot stove, and to stay away from the fireplace, and not to even light the fireplace unless there is an adult around.
There were many other warnings, or "boundaries," we used to protect them. This included admonitions to be careful about crossing the street because of passing vehicles, not to eat too many sweets, "eat your vegetables," and on and on.
Did we want to make their lives miserable? Of course, not. Every barrier or standard that we established was not arbitrary nor designed to be unreasonably restrictive, but all was simply for their good, because we loved them and we were looking out for their welfare.
Likewise, we should not look upon God's commandments, including the Ten Commandments, in a negative sense. They were provided by God for our welfare, to protect us, because He loves us. Our heavenly Father has set boundaries for us, as we set boundaries for our children. He wants to protect us, and help us to avoid those things that would harm us.
For example, God's commandments about morality are designed to protect the sanctity of marriage, the family institution that He has ordained, the children that come from such marriages, and to protect from the many venereal diseases.
God always has a good and benevolent reason for His commandments.
We should never try to look for "loopholes" in God's commandments (there are not any), or assume that because God is so gracious and loving that He will forgive. It is true that He is gracious and loving, and He will forgive, if we sincerely repent, and our eternal record can be wiped clean. However, in the meantime, those who break God's laws are hurting themselves and sometimes destroying their families and themselves. Even with forgiveness, the spiritual law of sowing and reaping remains in effect.
Let us thank God for His great love and benevolent commandments (or "boundaries"), and let us always honor and obey them, for His glory and our protection.
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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