Friday, July 6, 2012

Living Uprightly ~ As a Christian

Exodus 20:1-17 ~The Ten Commandments

1.  You shall have no other gods before Me
2.  You shall not make for your self a carved image (idol)
3.  You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain (blasphemy which includes abreviations)
4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy (special, set apart)
5. Honor your Father and your Mother
6.  You shall not commit murder
7.  You shall not commit adultery
8.  You shall not steal
9. You shall not bear false witness (lie)
10.  You shall not covet (want something that isn't yours)

These are 10 relatively simple commandments/laws in the Old Testament the Lord gave to Moses.

But why are they so hard for people to understand, to keep, to live out, to obey?  
Why do they pick and choose what they want to obey/keep depending on the situation?
Why do they then justify their actions & have no remorse?
Why do folks "act" righteous while not living that way?

We've all got the same "rule" book.  We all sin and fall short of the Lord's standard of perfection.  We all stand in need of a loving, forgiving Heavenly Father.  The good news is God's plan to save us was to substitute Jesus' death on the cross for the punishment we all deserve.

Romans 5: 6-11
6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation at the right time

We all need to repent and believe, obey God's commandments, practice what we preach, understand consequences, take responsibility for our own actions, seek forgiveness.

Mark 22:31
"And the second like it is this, " You shall love your neighbor as yourself".

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Welcome to the farm ~ we are a blended family with 7 children (3 are married), 4 grandsons, 5 dogs, 3 rabbits, and 15 chickens living on 3 acres in Georgia. I love crafting, sewing, cooking & canning, recipes of all kinds, reading, playing with my little buddies, family time, travel, pinterest and most of all the Lord.