[CF Devotionals] 2010-08-01 - What is the Opposite of Taking a Life?

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 37
Sixth Commandment, Part 5

What is the opposite of taking a life?

Maybe then for us as Christians, it isn’t enough not to take a life, but we should also protect life, do what we can to improve the life of men. Isn’t that what John is saying here? What are some ways this can be done?

John also points out Christ is our example. Instead of taking the lives of men, He offered up His own life to save them. We are also called to offer up ourselves for those around us. We are called to be servants to mankind. Our task is to model Christ for others, so that with the work of the Holy Spirit, they will also desire to follow after Him.

There are a number of ways we can protect life. We can carry out a positive approach to this command, as John identified it. First there is the area of the literal protecting of life. This deals with taking a stand against abortion, infanticide, and euthanasia. We as believers are called to stand for the oppressed.

But John also calls us to even more than this. He calls us to a responsibility to care for one another, the quality of life. This is like what Dr. Falwell did with the “Save a Baby” Program. It isn’t enough to say that abortion is wrong. and to try to stop it. One must also be concerned about the mother, and what is to happen to the baby when it is saved. His program takes the mother and cares for her. In addition, where the baby is still not wanted, a Christian home is found..

Again: “But whoever has the world’s goods and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?” It isn’t enough to just save lives, we as believers must also use what the Lord has provided to us, to provide for those lives. We are to be concerned about both the spiritual and physical needs of those around us.

To be continued.

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