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Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25

Obey God’s commands; listen, be careful to do; walk straight; don’t veer off; deeply respect, etc., words and phrases found all throughout today’s reading. Do you think God is trying to tell us something?

Jesus speaking in the 14th chapter of John states:

If you [really] love Me, you will keep (obey) My commands. (John 14:15 AMP)

We look at “love” as an emotion, and confuse it with mercy, though mercy flows from love. God says love is a verb and is a “doing.” We determine if someone loves us by what they do for us; God determines love for Him by obedience to His Word. Is there anyway we can reconcile what we call love to God’s definition? God is immutable so He can’t change, it is against His nature. We have to change our understanding of what love is to fit into God’s standard. Loving God His way, which is the only way that counts, brings BIG benefits for us,

And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to [reverently] fear the Lord our God for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day. And it will be accounted as righteousness (conformity to God's will in word, thought, and action) for us if we are watchful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as He has commanded us. (Deuteronomy 6:24-25 AMP)

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Thanks Mike for the links to the charitable organizations.

I like:

http://www.samaritanspurse.org/

If we have the wherewithal we should give. God has blessed many of us here in the United States with material comfort.

Luke 12:48

....From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Deuteronomy 5:28-29

28 The LORD heard you when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me, “I have heard what this people said to you. Everything they said was good. 29 Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever!

Fear, in an appropriate amount can be good. In verses 28 & 29, God said that it was good for the Israelites to fear Him so that they and their children obeyed Him and be blessed.

Deuteronomy 6:20-25

20 In the future, when your son asks you, “What is the meaning of the stipulations, decrees and laws the LORD our God has commanded you?” 21 tell him: “We were slaves of Pharaoh in Egypt, but the LORD brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand. 22 Before our eyes the LORD sent signs and wonders—great and terrible—on Egypt and Pharaoh and his whole household. 23 But he brought us out from there to bring us in and give us the land he promised on oath to our ancestors. 24 The LORD commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear the LORD our God, so that we might always prosper and be kept alive, as is the case today. 25 And if we are careful to obey all this law before the LORD our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

In the above verses, I can see that God felt 'proud and satisfied' if His people remembered His rules and hence taught their children about the wonderful things that God had done to them.

Wow, I was really moved by this from your link today:
"In 1945, Rabbi Eliezer Silver was sent to Europe to help reclaim Jewish children who had been hidden during the Holocaust with non-Jewish families. How was he able to discover the Jewish children? He would go to gatherings of children and loudly proclaim Shema Yisrael ? "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is One." Then he would look at the faces of the children for those with tears in their eyes ? those children whose distant memory of being Jewish was their mothers putting them to bed each night and saying the Shema with them."

http://sheissafe.org She Is Safe is a favorite of ours. They partner with locals in ten of the least reached areas in the world. From their website, "She Is Safe works to free and empower women and girls in high risk places around the world. We prevent, rescue, and restore them from suffering, abuse, and exploitation. Then we equip them with skills and tools as they work to build new lives of freedom, faith, and a strong future."

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