Monday, October 4, 2010

Why Study the Ten Commandments - Conclusion:

When it comes to sin and the Ten Commandments, people all the time say something like this:
"I know what I'm doing. I'm a big boy! I can handle this. It won't cause me any problem. It won't have any impact on my future."
But those sound like famous last words, don't they? Those are the same things our kids say to us when they don't want to obey our rules. So, men think they can watch pornography without it ever affecting their marriage, or take lightly their responsibilities. They think they can get away with doing whatever they want without consequences. They are fools! And many a life has been devastated by it.

How many of us can say we have no regrets and no shame about some of the things we have done? But God knows all the things that will hurt us and cause our destruction, and He sets up rules to spare us from them. And He warns us about them. Yet, we speed right through the warnings thinking we are smarter than God. Oh, how we need help! Oh, how we need wisdom beyond ourselves. We need the rules of God. So, the next time you think of the Ten Commandments as a ball and chain, just remember what we've talked about in all these posts. Give obedience a chance.

Fist John 5:3-4 says,
"For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith."
Then Jesus said in John 14:15, "If you love Me, keep My commandments." Loving God means we do what He tells us. And that really should not be hard, because God doesn't ask us to anything that isn't good for us. Every child of God can obey. Oh, not ever perfectly, but we can obey. We can defeat sin and the lust of the flesh simply by trusting Christ to help us. As Jesus said in John 8, "Neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more."