Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment." Matthew 22:37-38
I am sure most of those reading are familiar with the late night TV host who does a Top Ten List. Top Ten Lists are popular for things like Top Ten Cities to Retire, Top Ten Medical Schools,Top Ten Most Affordable States To Live In, Top Ten Safest Automobiles. God has His Top Ten List too and it is called The Ten Commandments. These are found in Exodus Chapter 20.
If only we could follow the Ten Commandments as a society how much better life would be. In a nutshell, don't put other gods before Him. Don't murder. Don't steal. Don't lie. Don't have sex outside marriage. Keep The Sabbath Holy. Honor your mom and dad. Don't take God's name in vain. Be content with your stuff and don't desire your neighbors stuff. Don't worship idols. Ten little things, just ten. Our enemy Satan is at work to try to get us to break them each and every day.
Even when you have broken a Ten Commandment God is the God of grace and forgiveness. Once the Holy Spirit is living inside you when you sin you know it. For instance, a half truth is a lie. Not being entirely honest is a lie. Forgetting about God and doing your own thing on Sunday breaks God's heart but so too does just checking a block and not living for Him the rest of the week.
Our nation needs to get back to the place of letting Jesus be Lord but instead we try to legislate God out of everything. He is not going anywhere by the way. Today start your day not feeling condemned but knowing God loves you and wants you to love Him back with your whole heart. If you have lost that love and have made your own Top Ten List He is ready for you to run back to Him today.
PRAYER: I thank you Lord you are not a God of rules but of grace. You have standards called commandments that if only we would follow how much better off we would be. Your greatest command is to love and help me to do that even to the unloveable. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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