4. The Ten Commandments (Deuteronomy 5: 6-21)
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When we were young, we learned what numbers looked like. Then, we began to count. Pretty soon we began to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. As we got older we built upon our skills even further with geometry, algebra, accounting, physics, etc. Knowing the basics of our faith allows us to learn more about God’s character and appreciate Grace.
The Ten Commandments are a cornerstone piece of our faith, but the New Testament adds to the charm of God’s disciplinary guidance. Just as Jesus died to save us from a death we deserve, God provided rules to safeguard our hearts; moral grounds for living from God Himself.
Our Father is the endearing defender of our hearts, and He forgives our tendency to fall incredibly short of this list daily. How great is our God? His forgiveness warms an appreciative heart to know that, although these are His standards, He’s chosen to love us.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5).
Love is first. In a world that sometimes squeezes the joy out of our souls and finds many reasons to divide us, we must put love before all else.
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