Engraved On Your Heart, Exodus 20:1-17
Love God, Matthew 22:37
- Love the one true God with all your heart, soul, and mind, Deuteronomy 6:5! God is personal, relational, unlike any other, and God is for you, Romans 8:31-32.
- Don’t settle for a counterfeit, a worthless substitute, of God. God’s best for us is Himself, Isaiah 6:1-5! Anything, or anyone, more important than God is an idol, Exodus 34:13-14.
- Honor and reverence, in words and actions, God’s name – all that He stands for, Philippians 2:9-11. If you’re a Christian you bear the same family name, 2 Chronicles 7:14; Romans 8:16-17.
- Every week, have a day of God-centered rest. Rest does not exclude acts of kindness, Mark 3:3-5. God has a reasonable claim on your time.
Love Others, Matthew 22:39
- Loving others starts at home with children honoring and obeying parents, and parents loving and respecting their children, and teaching the next generation to love God, Ephesians 6:1- 4. Honor authority – it’s God given, Romans 13:1.
- Value life. Life is a gift from God, Acts 17:24-25, and all people are made in God’s image, Genesis 9:6. Don’t murder with a weapon, with slander, with anger in your heart, or by withholding the basics for life, Matthew 5:22-24; 25:42-43; Psalm 139:13-16. Value people!
- Protect what’s beautiful and guard what you care about. Keep the joy of sexual intimacy in marriage, between a man and a woman, 1 Corinthians 7:2-5. Marriage is the context for the full expression of our sexuality, Ephesians 5:3; Matthew 5:28
- Three principles help us understand the 8th command to not steal. One, God owns all property and people, Psalm 24:1. Two, gain property by honest means, Exodus 20:15. Three, be a good steward of all you have been entrusted with, Malachi 3:8. Be honest and unselfish in all your dealings with others…including God.
- Be truthful in all of life, because God is all about truth, Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18. Avoid lies, respect private matters, speak well of others, and speak out against evil.
- Coveting is an inordinate desire, a passion, for something you do not have. The alternative to coveting is contentment. Contentment is being satisfied with what we have and grateful to God for His provision, Philippians 4:12-13.
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