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10  Commandments

It may have been a while since you last read or thought about God's 10 Commandments. But unless we understand them clearly, we're probably not following them and therefore could be living in Sin without even realizing it.

1.  You shall have no other gods before me 

Love & serve the Lord your God with all your heart, mind and strength

2.  You shall not worship idols

Idolatry takes many forms and includes anything we prioritize before God (money, ideas).  For some, their treasure is their god - a god that shall surely perish with them

3.  You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God

The Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name

Eliminate bad habits of saying Jesus loosely without purpose, and Gxx Damn it!

4.  Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy

Six days we shall do all our work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord.

Are we spending our Sabbath doing what God would consider as holy?

5.  Honor your Father & Mother

This is binding throughout our lives and should include those who raised us in the knowledge of the truth.  We honor our parents by keeping the 10 commandments.  

6.  You shall not kill

You can also think about this as not only killing people, but killing love as well

7.  You shall not commit adultery

One who just looks at another with lust has already committed adultery in their heart

(Mathew 5:28)

8.  You shall not steal

Stealing is a form of dishonesty

9.  You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

Not being completely honest,

10. You shall not covet

To covet is envying something that belongs to another.  It can consume your thoughts

and lead to unhappiness and perhaps even to other sins.

Jesus summarizes all of the commandments with the two greatest commandments (Matthew 22:36-40):

1.   Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind

2.   Love your neighbor as yourself

By understanding God's commands, we realize that we may have some work to do to align ourselves with the Lord.

*  The 10 Commandments are taken directly from scripture.  However, the comments I added are to help you get a basic understanding, and may not cover the commandment in its entirely.  As always, you should read scripture for your own understanding.

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