Day 258- Thankful for God’s commandments

As a parent, grandparent, and teacher, I’ve noticed over the years that children need rules to help keep order. That goes for the home, the classroom, the family or class trip, the playground, and any other scenario you might think of.

Usually the rules have to be made because one or more of the children started doing something obnoxious or even dangerous:

  • Honey, we don’t pull hair.
  • No running in the store.
  • No jumping from the top of the slide.
  • Stay with the adults in your group.
  • No hitting.
  • No name calling.
  • Wash your hands before you eat.
  • Be a good example for your little brother…

You get the idea.

Before God had Moses write down the Ten Commandments, Cain had already murdered his brother, numerous idolatrous “deities” had already sprung up with horrible demands (like human sacrifice), violence had gotten so bad that God sent a worldwide flood, wars, kidnapping, and unthinkable atrocities were already in existence, and God’s children needed some rules. They were to follow them and be a good example to the people around them.

When Jesus came to earth, many had replaced the spirit of the law with the letter of the law. They had forgotten that God gave His laws from a heart of love. When one of them came up to test Jesus, asking which was the most important commandment, Jesus responded,

“‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 22:37-40 NKJV

Jesus gave His disciples a “new” commandment:

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

John 13:34 NASB

Perhaps the newest thing about this commandment was that Jesus was there in real life, living out before them what love really looked like:

  • Showing compassion
  • Showing respect
  • Listening
  • Being patient
  • Faithfulness
  • Kindness
  • Forgiveness
  • Mercy
  • Grace
  • Humility
  • Voluntary servanthood
  • Being a good example
  • Sacrifice

Examples of this love are:

  • Healing many,
  • helping the wedding host save face by turning water to wine,
  • mercifully saying, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”,
  • stopping the winds and waves even though the disciples didn’t have faith,
  • putting up with the disciples’ indiscretions, like wanting to call down fire on someone or discussing who was the greatest among them,
  • touching the untouchables,
  • feeding the hungry,
  • showing kindness to people of other ethnicities,
  • affirming the value of women and children,
  • showing love and comfort for His friends by raising Lazarus from the dead,
  • washing the disciples’ feet,
  • always obeying His Father and putting Him first,
  • giving His life for the salvation of souls….

Can you just imagine how much better our world, our churches, our families, our relationships, our communities would be if each person would follow these commandments and the example of Jesus? It would be wonderful, as was God’s creation in the beginning!

Obviously, we can only pray and work on ourselves, but in being a good example to those in our sphere of influence, we can perhaps make a greater difference than we can imagine! Sometimes the other person we’re having troubles with is just waiting for us to take the first step toward peace. Let’s resolve to walk like Jesus walked, to obey His commandment to love one another.

Today, I’m thankful for God’s commandments that are good for us all.

I’m thankful that He gave them out of a Spirit of love.

I’m thankful for Jesus’ new commandment and for His living example of how we should love one another.

I’m thankful He’s given us another day, another opportunity to love Him and others.

What about you? What are some other examples you can think of, of ways Jesus showed us how to love one another? What one thing can you incorporate into your life to better follow His example?

*featured image from pexels.com

2 thoughts on “Day 258- Thankful for God’s commandments

  1. Yes, big people need rules too. It’s wonderful how you mentioned that Jesus lived out the Ten Commandments. It’s easier to violate a list of rules than consciously refuse to follow someone who lives out those rules.

    “Sometimes the other person we’re having troubles with is just waiting for us to take the first step toward peace.” Now, you’ve really got me thinking! I’ve recently been cooperating with someone who has told me before how much they hate me. Now we are working together to help someone who is important to us both. Maybe this person has been waiting for me to take the first step?

    Sorry to write a post on your post, but your thoughts also made me think of a quote once shared by coach John Wooden:

    No written word, no spoken plea, can teach our youth what they should be. Nor all the books on all the shelves. It’s what the teacher’s are themselves.

    God’s best to you. BTW, you always have something wonderful to share. I wish you posted more often!

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    1. Yes, we sure do!
      Good point!

      That’s great that you’ve both been cooperating. It could be! We often feel too weak emotionally to take the first step (even though we may never admit that, even to ourselves). But when Jesus said to turn the other cheek and go the extra mile, He didn’t expect us to do it without His help. He will always equip us to do what He calls us to do.
      Great quote! But it’s not just our youth who still need to be discipled. We adults have a lot to learn from Jesus about how to treat each other.

      Aww, thanks so much! Please pray for me to get back to writing and sharing more. I do so appreciate your words of encouragement!

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