Monday, December 8, 2008

Thou Shalt Love Me

Do you know what is the second most trickiest question that a wife can ask a husband?

"Do you love me?"

What's a sane man gonna say? "Of course I do!"

Then comes the trickiest question: "Why?"

"Because ... er ... erm ... you commanded me?"

Guess where's the hubby gonna sleep that night ...

Many Christians accept the Ten Commandments without question and even condemn those who dare say that they are not meant to guide our lives under the new covenant.  But God actually also gave one more commandment that usually escapes the attention of many Christians:

Exodus 6:5 (NKJV)
4 “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 
6 “And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Have you wondered about the logic of that commandment? How can love be commanded out of you?

God commanded us to love Him because He knows there is life only through Him and He wants us to choose life (Deut 30:19).  But love can only come from the heart, so He loves us first so that we love Him willingly out of our heart, not out of fear.

1 John 4:18-19 (NKJV)
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.  

Have you noticed that the first nine of the Ten Commandments (Deut 5:6-2o) are all about your actions, not your heart?  The tenth commandment (Deut 5:21) is all about the heart and that is what catches most people out, even Paul (Rom 7:7).

Actions can be seen outwardly but not the heart.  Man can see actions but not the heart. Only God can and does see the heart.

Man tends to judge the heart by seeing the actions.  Therefore, God through His action makes you see His heart and makes you love Him.

How? John 3:16.

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

1 comment:

Malcolm Loh said...

So what is the first?

"Honey, does this dress make me look fat?"