Read Deuteronomy 6:1-9

Listen closely, Israel, and be careful to obey. Then all will go well with you — Deuteronomy 6:3a (NLT)

We begin a study of the chief parts of the Christian faith with a look at the Ten Commandments.

The commandments show us God’s values, and describe how God wants us to live. Because God understands how weak we are, He tells us to constantly remind ourselves and each other to obey them. Because we reap what we sow, the goal of this obedience is not to deny us freedom, but to give us a fulfilling life. The key to obedience is loving God with all of our being; then it is easier to think of the commandments as laws that lead to life, and to ask God for the power to desire to obey them.