Hi, Jason Pankau here with another video devotional to help you walk in the Lord today. This is the climax to this great series we’ve been in, looking at the Ten Commandments. We are now on the 10th Commandment. We are looking at a Lutheran version that breaks up “Thou shall not covet” into two Commandments, which I believe to be accurate and good and right.
Exodus 20:17 gives us a more accurate breakdown of one preceding the other. It states, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house.” That is the 9th Commandment. Then it shifts and is talking about people, “You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his man servant or maid servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Sometimes we can become very jealous of the relationships that other people have. Again, this goes hand and glove with what we talked about in the last Commandment, this idea of living content lives. Here is what Dr. Martin Luther says about the 10th Commandment, “We should fear and love God so that we do not entice or force away our neighbors wife, workers or animals or turn them against him. But urge them to stay and do their duty.”
There are a lot of interesting schemes we can be lead into. I watch some of these political TV shows, not the political news, and you can see all this scheming that people go through just to get influence or power or to get people to like them and not like others. Again this goes into, “You shall not give false testimony.” It all flows down to encourage people to have not just great relationships with the people in their family and the people that work with them and for them, but to encourage them to have better relationships. Help them have the best relationships possible. Help them to have more relationships not less.
Sometimes out of our loneliness, we can be driven to do crazy things just to get people to like us. In schools these days you see all the bullying, just people trying to get their ways so that people will align with them. It’s just a waste of life, there’s no love in that. Again, we should not do that, “But urge them to stay and do their duty” and to help others have great relationships with one another. Because in Christ, that is what God will guide us and empower us to do. In a sense, it becomes our duty because we, filled with the Holy Spirit, are those that can love with freedom. We can give grace and love to everybody without finding fault. We can just go love people.
One of the favorite things that I like to say when it comes to the grace of God, this is kind of a big grace Commandment, is “you can’t stop me from loving you”. I like to think of myself as a love bomb, detonating all over people where ever I go, because God fills me that way. Now I can always tell when I am walking in the flesh and that’s not happening. I am not seeing people with God’s eyes. I don’t want to go love that guy who is being toxic and mean and is against me. So this is a challenge. Help others have relationships that are life-giving, not relationships that tear one another down.
Let’s pray. Lord Jesus, we thank You for Your Commandments. They truly do show us the way to life that is truly life. Father, we have failed in all of them, all of us have. So again, we ask afresh for Your forgiveness, Your recalibration of Your Spirit. Align us with You. Strengthen us to walk in Your ways. Teach us to live by grace through faith in You. For it is only by faith in You that this life is possible. Thank You that You died that we may have it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
God bless you and bless me as we strive together as a community of faith to live into the Commandments of God that lead to His amazing life. God Bless you.