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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,

Welcome back! I have not left reading, just got backed up on logging and then it would close..but I am trying at best in faith to stay focused. I love the words of Deuteronomy. Love seeing the commandments in multiple places to give us a visual reminder of things by faith to live by! Now, in our own might, there is no way we can keep these commandments..because all through the new testament, in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, Jesus basically told us, you think it, therefore, you are guilty. We NEED a Savior! It is as simple as that! We have to come to the realization we can't do life alone! We need Him, really more than He needs us! Now, Jesus, if but for our one life, He would do what He did on the cross all over again to just save ONE! You, Me, a stranger on the street, Jew, Greek, name it! He LOVES US THAT MUCH! That I know deep in my spirit! We have a job in our community, to love, praise HIM, serve HIM, abide in HIM, Share the LOVE with the community and Give of our talents, gifts, tithes, etc.. and yes Mike you were talking about ministries to give to the poor. Our church does Causely Ministry(hope I spelled correct) and it is a "checking in" on social media ministry through Methodist churches I know but I am sure could begin with any church. With each check in this month, on #vitamins4kids, we give nutrients and vitamins to a child that they need to thrive..our church for the month gave like 400 children vitamins, our community of churches gave over 40,000! Just by tagging or hashtag the saying and checking in at our church with that tag line (#-and saying) each month it is a different need, like one month it was #giveshoes, etc.. We are a blessed nation and body of Christ. Let's all Share the Love!! Be Blessed!

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