God made life, not death. Death, according to the Bible, was the result
of people stepping outside of God's plan -- it was not part of the
original blueprint for the world. Because God values life so much, He
has issued a clear commandment: "Do not murder."
Today, we must learn not only to keep the "letter" of this law, but also the heart of it. And this is where most of us are guilty of breaking commandment six.
When God designed the world, He intended for marriage to be between one man and woman woman for one lifetime. That standard has never changed.
The seventh commandment explains: "You shall not commit adultery."
God takes sex seriously. He created sex to be a wonderful expression of love and intimacy between a man and a woman, to be experienced between those who have made a lifelong marriage commitment to one another. Sadly, many people ignore this commandment, using sex as a tool for selfish pleasure - and in doing so rob themselves of the real joy God intended.
"You shall not bear false witness" reads the ninth of the Ten Commandments. Simply put: Make sure that the things you say are truthful -- don't dishonor God and hurt others by lying.
Some people re-define the word "lie" so that it doesn't sound so bad: half-truth, exaggeration, white lie, fib, etc. Regardless of the fancy terms, you can remember that if it isn't 100% truth, it is 100% lie.
The Bible says to "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be
content with what you have..." (Hebrews 13:5). Nothing can ruin a
person's life faster than greed -- it can cause you to compromise your
morals, destroy your reputation, and hinder your relationship with God.
The tenth commandment is a warning against exactly that: "You shall not covet anything that is your neighbor's."
Breaking God's law is a serious offense, especially when you consider the fact that most of us have broken all of His laws many times (at least in our hearts). The Bible explains: "All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). Will He find you innocent or guilty? Of lying? Of lust? Of greed?
"And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your
bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice--the kind he
will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too
much to ask?" (Rom. 12:1, NLT).
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You've probably heard your grandma mention the need for some wandering soul to get back on the "straight and narrow" - what's that all about?
It's actually a reference to something Jesus taught, about a "narrow" way to life. He said...“You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14, NLT)