How I broke the Ten Commandments

Posted: January 20, 2015 in Ma-Papel (Paperworks)
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Before we point our fingers towards others, we, as Christians should check how we broke the law ourselves. The law would show us our need for Christ. When we realize our need, it brings us to humility. Personally, studying the ten commandments made me realize how I broke every single one of them. I acknowledge I need Jesus more than ever.

Commandment #1: “You shall have no other gods before Me”.

This commandment means that God should be our focus, our priority. Anything other than God is already a “god” in itself. We break this when we worship our self (think of selfie, of thinking of our good instead of what God wants), our pleasure (such as what feels good, or what tastes good), or our possessions (accumulation of wealth). This is actually a Lordship issue, that Jesus is Lord of all or none at all.

Commandment #2: “You shall not make for yourself a carved image. . .you shall not bow down to them nor serve them”.

This commandment means that we should not put any image, but an image of God can be in the form of work, family, studies, ministry, or anything that we prioritize instead of God. An image is what we prioritize when we wake up in the morning, such as opening social media or playing games instead of putting God first. Even the very Bible we have can be an “image”, instead of using it, we make it something like a good luck charm or display at home.

Commandment #3: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain“.

“In vain” is defined as “When we use empty, idle, insincere words. When we use God’s name when we don’t mean it.” The problem is that a lot of us, Christians, are using the Lord’s name in vain. We claim to be Christians and call Him “Lord”, but we don’t do what He says (Luke 6:46). We are hypocrites (a lot of us, a lot of times). We are called to go and make disciples, it is a command by our Lord (Matt. 28:18-20), yet many of us are not discipling anyone. This is not just a snub. It is a sin. We are taking the name of the Lord in vain.

Commandment #4: “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy“.

Sabbath, a day of rest, a day appointed for the Lord. This is giving time to God. We break the Sabbath by going to church but not being there. What I meant is that our physical presence is there but our minds are elsewhere, it is not focused on God. He (God) values rest.

Commandment #5: “Honor your father and your mother”.

Honor meant “to put weight”. Honoring our parents meant giving importance to them, to what they tell us. We can honor them even if we disagree by listening to them and putting what they say in consideration. We break this commandment when we talk bad about them specially with our friends, when we ignore them when they are saying something. God values family.

Commandment #6: “You shall not murder“.

This commandment does not just mean “taking of one’s life”. Murder is something done with an intent, premeditated, and it is unlawful. However, we, Christians, are as guilty as breaking this when we are “annoyed” at a brother or sister in Christ, with their mere presence we raise our eyebrows. When we want some people dead, even if it is just in our hearts, that is committing murder (Check out Matt. 5:21-22). Another example I have is when the plane that was carrying the officials who went to Tacloban with the pope, I joked about the evil ones having longer lives when the plane they were riding overshot the runway (No one died though). Even in that joke itself, it was murder (albeit, in my heart) already. God values the life of an individual.

Commandment #7: “You shall not commit adultery“.

This commandment is not just an act of committing sexual sins with someone else’s spouse but also when we look at a woman with lust in our eyes, we commit adultery in our hearts. For our hearts belong to Christ, and when we lust after someone or something else, we are indeed committing adultery. This commandment values relationships between husband and wife. That God values marriage.

Commandment #8: “You shall not steal“.

To steal is to take something that doesn’t belong to us. We break this commandment when we receive too much change at the store and keep it, when we take office supplies home for personal use, when we go for pirated dvds or downloading movies instead of purchasing them. When we plagiarize our assignments and not give credit to the author. We also steal when we don’t give our tithes (Stealing from God), and when we use our gifts for ourselves instead of using it for the Lord (since every gift is to be used to edify the body and not the self). God values the personal property of an individual.

Commandment #9: “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor

Bearing false witness, in one word, is “lying”. Lying can be a form of a gossip or slander, or when we flatter our friends, or when we exaggerate stories, or lying can be a form of silence, when we know a story is not true but we don’t do anything to correct it or when we conceal things when we should have admitted or confessed to a wrongdoing. God values relationships and does not want us to destroy it with lies.

Commandment #10: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house, you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife. . .nor anything that is your neighbor’s“.

Covet means to eagerly desire that which belongs to another and to set the heart on it. Covetousness and greed goes hand in hand. We covet when we want something such as a phone, a girlfriend (or boyfriend), or even the food from across our plate (specially when we order food with our friends).  God wants us to ask from Him instead of coveting from others.

The law was given to us to show us that we can never be righteous in our own ability or works. It shows us our need for a Savior. That’s why Romans 3:20 says that: “For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.”(ESV) Now, when we realize how sinful we are, the law points us to Christ. When we know how guilty we are, how sinful we are, this should lead us to preach the gospel, not just of sin, but that of Christ dying on the cross and giving us redemption. That we can never do anything apart from Him.

 

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