John 13:34 esv

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Nowhere in the Ten Commandments does it specifically say we are to love one another.
It says to honor our parents, not to murder, steal or commit adultery,
tell lies about our neighbor or covet what he has.
Jesus says, “Love one another just as I have loved you.”
This is new; it was not part of the Law.
Jesus had to come here to show us this love, His love.

Jesus’ love was pretty radical back then and it hasn’t changed;
it is still profound and essential today.
How do you show or express the “just as I have loved you” part of the command?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Matthew 22:37-38 niv

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When asked what was the greatest commandment of the Law  
Jesus didn’t go into a long legal discourse.
He answered in simple easy to understand one syllable words.
The words are not complicated or complex they are clear and concise.

When someone asks me a question about what I believe and why
I sometimes meander in long-winded circles before I really say anything.

Do you do this or are you more to the point?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Deuteronomy 5:21 niv

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We can want the same kinds of things others have but we are not to desire what is theirs.
If we focus on what others have that we don’t have we will never be satisfied,
we will never know contentment if we want what belongs to others.

I have learned the best way to combat feelings of jealousy and envy
is to make a list of what I have and thank the Lord for everything on that list.

How do you fight the battle when you want what is not yours to have?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Deuteronomy 5:20 niv

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This is straightforward enough.
Don’t tell lies about your neighbor.
We may not outright lie but maybe
there are times we avoid the truth or don’t speak up
when we hear something being told that we know is untrue.

I know that sometimes I keep quiet and allow the lie and so it seems like truth. 
Does that make me part of the false testimony?
Is it avoiding the truth to allow the lie ?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Deuteronomy 5:19 hcs

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Everyone is to work to provide for themselves and their families.
We are also to help provide for those who cannot do so for themselves.
Maybe, if we shared more of what we have there would be fewer robberies.

I am not as generous as I could be.
I sometimes worry that I won’t have enough money to take care of myself.
Maybe, it is because my faith is not where it needs to be.

What about you?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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