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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Deuteronomy 5:18 hcs

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Purity of body and heart is what a man and woman promise when they marry.
This is what God intended and expects.
For many purity of heart may be the harder of the two to keep.
Purity of any kind is not often celebrated in the world
and sexual purity is usually considered old-fashioned.

I lived a worldly life and was not much concerned with purity of any kind.
Today it hurts to write that sentence.

Have your views of purity changed over time?
What caused the change?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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Deuteronomy 5:17 hcs

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We may not have killed someone by literally ending their life,
but when we think of someone with hatred in our heart
we are denying them love and without love there is no life.
Perhaps, we need to give some deeper thought to this command.

You know the expression “if looks could kill”?  
 There were times I looked at someone hatefully, with a “look that could kill”.
I know now that in my heart I committed murder.

How do you keep your heart free of bloodshed?

Blessings this day of grace,

patricia

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