October 1 – Exodus 20:12-17

October 1 – Exodus 20:12-17

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Exodus 20:12-17
12 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.
13 “You shall not murder.
14 “You shall not commit adultery.
15 “You shall not steal.
16 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

Just as parents have expectations for children to lead to a safe, fulfilled, and successful life, God did the same for his people. This isn’t surprising when we consider God’s love for us. He always wants the best for us and when you review these particular commandments you can see God was wanting us to live fulfilled lives that honor Him as our guide, while treating others with respect.
· Do you see love as the binding theme of the Ten Commandments? How so?
· Reread each of these commandments and think about what they mean to you personally.
· The Ten Commandments serve as a code of conduct for today’s Christians. Think about how today’s society reacts to the Ten Commandments. Do we consciously try to follow the commandments on a daily basis? Are there any that you struggle with as a Christian?
· Pray today that you will see the Ten Commandments as a way to live your life with relationships that matter the most, God and others. Pray that you will yield to God’s will to those commandments you find difficult to follow.
Please note, some ideas taken from Why Did God Have to Give His People the 10 Commandments?@christianity.com

Heavenly Father, so often we think of these commandments and guidelines You give us as Your way of keeping us from having fun and living a full life, but truly I see now, after many years of listening to the enemy, that just like we do as parents, You are trying to protect us from bringing heartache on ourselves and our families. Thank You for always wanting the best for me and for helping me see and understand that it is out of love that You give us these guidelines. Give me a heart that sees Your truth. I know how often I misunderstand when I am not seeking Your truth. Thank You for loving me so much that You not only give us these guidelines, but You gave Your Son so I could have a relationship with You. The greatest gift available to all, and so few understand that it is free and how much You desire for us to accept it. Help me be a light to others so they can see Your love for them. Help me to see others through Your eyes Father, and know You sent Your Son for them and how much You love them. Help my heart hurt for those who don’t know You.
In Jesus’ name.


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