Love

for God first loved you.

“Be imitators of God, as beloved children. Walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us.”

EPHESIANS 5:1-2


You shall have no other gods.

We should revere, love and trust in God above everything else.


You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

Because we revere and love God, we should not curse, swear, lie, or deceive by His name. We should not turn to the occult or to superstition. Instead, we should call upon God's name in every trouble, using His name to pray, praise, and give thanks.


Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.

Because we revere and love God, we should not neglect to hear the preaching of His Word, but regard it as sacred and gladly hear and meditate on it.


Honor your father and your mother.

Because we revere and love God, we should not despise or anger our parents or other authorities, but honor, serve, obey, and regard them with love and respect.


You shall not murder.

Because we revere and love God, we should do no physical harm to our neighbor, but rather help and support them in every bodily need.


You shall not commit adultery.

Because we revere and love God, we should lead a sexually pure and decent life in all we say and do. If a husband, we should love and honor our wife. If a wife, we should do the same for our husband.


You shall not steal.

Because we revere and love God, we should not take what does not belong to us, nor obtain it through deception or dishonesty. We should help our neighbor improve and protect what is theirs.


You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Because we revere and love God, we should not tell lies or gossip about our neighbor or say or do anything which would hurt their reputation. Instead, we should defend them and speak kindly about them, and put the best construction on everything.


You shall not covet.

Because we revere and love God, we should be content with what we have, not desiring to take someone else’s belongings as our own nor tricking them into giving it to us. This includes not luring away our neighbor's spouse, employees, and even animals. Instead, we should do all we can to encourage them to stay and fulfill their duty.


And God spoke all these words, saying,

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's.”

EXODUS 20:1-17