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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,

Sometimes or most of the time we love our self than to love God above all.We love this body which will decay but we forgot about our spiritual body that will last forever. Loving the LORD w/ all our heart, w/ all our mind, w/ all our soul, & w/all our strength is a command that we should obey in order to prosper in every aspects of our life.To GOD be the GLORY now and forever...

Luke 7:11-15
Soon afterward, Jesus went to a town called Nain, and his disciples and a large crowd went along with him. 12 As he approached the town gate, a dead person was being carried out—the only son of his mother, and she was a widow. And a large crowd from the town was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart went out to her and he said, “Don’t cry.”
14 Then he went up and touched the bier they were carrying him on, and the bearers stood still. He said, “Young man, I say to you, get up!” 15 The dead man sat up and began to talk, and Jesus gave him back to his mother.

Read a great commentary on these verses that pointed out some interesting points. Our society in general is lacking compassion because many have bought into the philosophy that happiness comes to those who avoid pain. If you want to be happy then you have to learn to love yourself and nurture yourself, then you will be happy. Not true. The heart of happiness is in mourning for others and to carry others hurt in our own heart.

Jesus was the happiest person on earth. He was full of joy but also full of compassion and willingness to suffer for others. How can someone who suffered so much also be the happiest? Doesn’t make sense unless we take Jesus (The Man of Sorrows) at His word and trust Him. One would think that someone who suffers a lot would be on a bummer but that is only true for someone who does not understand the words of Jesus. We’re not to block out the bad in our life, hoping it won’t rub off on us and drag us down. When we embrace the hurt and injustice of others and in our own life, we open the floodgates of irony and watch water flow uphill, oh the miracles that we take for granite. Jesus said “Happy is the man not who detaches himself, but who mourns, who is heartbroken, for he is the one who will be comforted.”

Deuteronomy 5:1-6:25

What stood out for me (again) were the Ten Commandments. This time, it was the practicality of them. True if we are walking with God and trusting in Him, these commandments are written in our hearts instead of on stone. But one has only to look around and see the fruit coming from those that have these commandments written in their heart and see changed lives.

Deuteronomy 5:29 (In the words of my Pastor)

This is God's cry; this is God's lamentation. "Oh that the people would hear Me and obey Me that they might be able to enjoy My blessings forever." I'm sure that God laments over us. "Oh, if you would only follow me completely so that I can do for you all that I'm wanting to do." We so limit that which God wants to do because He loves you so much. He is wanting to do so much for you.

Yes, one of my favorite songs!


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