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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,

"The Lord your God..." 18 times in Deuteronomy this morning. I've heard it said that if you had a soldier writing letters to you from overseas, you would not just read a portion of that letter; you would read it from cover to cover, over, and over, and over...I am struck by the urgency and intensity of these words, spoken 18 times in 58 verses.

Jesus seems to convey that no matter what or how an individual conducts him(her)self people will find fault. Judging others' seems to be a preoccupation with some folks. Is it the attempt to "best" them? Is it something else...or does it have to do with the lessons we learn in Deuteronomy about the ten commandments. Yeah, probably all of them. Examining ourselves is the hard part. Hopefully the lessons in Galatians 5:22 and 23 will help me get to that point...no law against that.

Psalms means praise, doesn't it? It is amazing how praise will always lift my spirits. Call it "polyannish," but it really does annex the negativity when we are praising God. Everything else
loses its importance when we lift our hearts to him.

The proverbs give us something to strive toward, as good people always get found out, as well as the ones who do harm.

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