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The role of thou shalt not…

Posted on March 26th, by Jim Crumbley in Family, Love, Teamwork. No Comments

though shalt not

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:37–39 

Jesus summarized the ten commandments into one…LOVE. First God and then your neighbor. But that is not to mean that there are no “thou shalt not’s” in our Christian walk. In fact, there are many.

There are the obvious…lying, cheating, stealing, lusting, coveting. And then there are the not so obvious…

 But if you’re not sure, if you notice that you are acting in ways inconsistent with what you believe—some days trying to impose your opinions on others, other days just trying to please them—then you know that you’re out of line. If the way you live isn’t consistent with what you believe, then it’s wrong.  Romans 14:23 

So where does that leave us? Where do we draw our lines?

In the same way that Jesus drew His…in love.

Is it love when we hold onto an offense and are not open to correction?

Thou shalt not…

– Is it love when we withhold patience, support and covering?

Thou shalt not…

– Is it love when we say that we forgive but we refuse to release?

Thou shalt not…

– Is it love when we resist blessing another because the personal cost is too high?

Thou shalt not…

– Is it love when convenience trumps sacrifice?

Thou shalt not…

– Is it love when we sear our conscience and do, what deep down, we know is wrong?

Thou shalt not…

– Is it love when we pray for blessing but concentrate complaint on our lack?

Thou shalt not…

True freedom is learning to embrace the “thou shalt nots” as vigorously as the “thou cans.” This discipline opens the door to blessing not just for ourselves but, more importantly, for others.

And remember…Thou shalt love leads thou shalt not. If your nots seem to be lacking or failing, then perhaps it’s time to focus on the shalt of love.


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