“‘You shall not murder’; ‘You shall not commit adultery’; ‘You shall not steal’; ‘You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor’;You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.’” (Exodus 20:13-17)
The second table of the Ten Commandments sets a high standard for serving the best interests and well-being of a neighbor. God’s people are to respect and protect their neighbor’s life, marriage or home, property, and good name. We are not even to desire anything that belongs to a neighbor. Make sense?
PRAYER FOR THE DAY:
Precious Abba, You hold us to a high standard with many thing, not least of all with our neighbor’s. We are to hold our neighbor’s and all that they possess as sacred as if they were our own, and never, ever show the least desire to have them. Let our worship then flow out of grateful hearts. This we pray. Amen
THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“Service is love in overalls!”
“Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law.” (Romans 13:8)
Loving others is a debt we never can pt in full. Christ has given us so much love we are eternally in debt. This is the only debt we have the right to maintain continuously. All other debts should be paid on schedule.
“Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned. Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better hings in your case—-things that accompany salvation. God is not unjust; he will no forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” (Hebrews 6:7-10)
Christians are to produce good crops. We are o produce abundant fruits of love by continuing to help God’s people. Such works of love accompany authentic salvation.
SECOND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:
“In the very same way, these dreamers pollute their own bodies, reject authority and slander celestial beings. But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring a slanderous accusation against him, but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!’ Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals—-thee are the very things that destroy them.” (Jude 1:8-13)
Love for others should be most prominent at the Lord’s Supper when we celebrate God’s love for us. Jude portrayed false teachers as blemishes at the charity feasts that early Christians connected with the Lord’s Super. The wealthier followers of Christ contributed provisions for the love feasts. Both rich and poor were free to partake, and food was sent to absent and sick members. Some churches today do a similar thing by receiving and offering for benevolent purposes after observance of the Lord’s Supper. The godless false teachers were as shepherds who fed only themselves. They were as fruitless trees and rainless clouds.