TOPIC: Love Your Neighbours as Yourself
TEXT: Deuteronomy 5:16-21(NKJV)
16. ‘ Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may be well with you in the land which 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 wife; and you shall not desire your neighbor’s house, his field, his male servant, his female servant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that [is] your neighbor’s.’
STUDY: Our text for today deals with six commandments in the covenant relationship between Israel and God and all of them centre on our relationship with our neighbour. They include:
honour your father and mother
you shall not commit adultery
you shall not steal
you shall not bear false witness against your neighbour
you shall not covet
Which of these commandments do you find difficult to keep?
In the new covenant order, Christ summed them up to LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR ASS YOURSELF (Mk 12:31). He equally expanded on some of them, for instance, you shall not murder which he upgraded to a level whereby being angry with your brother makes you a murderer. Secondly, when one looks at a woman lustfully, he has committed adultery with her (Matt. 5:22 and 28). The fifth commandment has a promise of long life attached to it. How do you honour your parents? You must respect them for Christ pays serious attention to the peace and progress of our families.
Beloved, we have an obligation to keep all the commandments by the help of the Holy Spirit. Ifwe fail in one, then we have failed in all (James 2:10). Jesus came to fulfil them and not to abolish them.
PRAYER: Lord help me to love my neighbour as myself.
Daily Fountain Quote of the Day
“For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us …” (2 Corinthians 1:8)
Anglican Daily Fountain Devotional 25 May 2021 Message. The Church of Nigeria is the Anglican church in Nigeria. It is the second-largest province in the Anglican Communion, as measured by baptized membership, after the Church of England.