[CF Devotionals] 2010-08-08 - Application of Sixth Commandment

The Ten Commandments ~ Part 38
Sixth Commandment, Part 6

This again brings up the question of what can we, individually do for the lives of those around us. Do you know someone who is pregnant and is considering an abortion. What can you do to not only stop her, but help her? Or do you know some one who doesn't even have enough material goods to live, what can you do to help out? What are some practical ways that you can provide life, instead of taking it?

The command to not murder can then be turned around to a call to give life. And if we are truly loving God and others, then we will be concerned about helping them find life, true life. And that life can only be found in relationship with Christ. It isn't enough then to avoid the wrong taking of life. It isn't enough to save life. But we must also ask: Are we valuing life, and striving to enhance it? In this way, we can apply the sixth commandment.

"You shall not murder." for "Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him. We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 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?" For Jesus tells us of the King, the Father who said; "'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' ... 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'" May we do it to Him. (Exodus 20:13; 1 John 3:15-17; Matthew 25: 35, 36, 40).

Commandment Series to be continued.

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