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what to do with those Old Testment laws

Jesus gives the perfect tip: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).

Each law reflects “the law of love”—that is, God’s laws reveal timeless principles about how to love God and love people!

Take the Big 10 for example:

1.     You shall have no other gods = love the Lord with everything you’ve got (heart, soul, mind)

2.     Don’t make idols = love the Lord by worshipping him “in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23-24)

3.     Don’t misuse God’s name = love the Lord by doing everything to honor Jesus’ name (Colossians 3:17)

4.     Work 6 days, keep the Sabbath = love the Lord by working heartily as serving him, yet resting in his love (Colossians 3:23-24; Matthew 11:29)

5.     Honor your parents = love your parents (and family) by respecting and preserving their dignity (Romans 12:10)

6.     Do not murder = love mean people by overcoming evil with good (Romans 12:21)

7.     Do not commit adultery = love your spouse (and family) with everything you’ve got (heart, soul, mind)

OK, your turn! What timeless truths about love do you find in the last three?

8.     Don’t steal =

9.     Don’t bear false witness =

10.  Don’t covet =

It’s fun, isn’t it? Yeah, I love this stuff, too.