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Doing because He first loved Us

Doing because He first loved Us
Deuteronomy 6:20-25.

Growing up as a teenager, "Why do I have to do it?" would be my first response to something I didn't want to do, like, then, doing the dishes. If you can relate, we're not alone on this:

In the book of Deuteronomy, after Moses had reminded Israel of God's law (ch 5) and given directions on keeping it close to heart and memory (6:6-9), he then tells them why they ought to do it (6:20-25).

In the future when your child asks you "what do these commands from God mean", why do we have to do it? Tell them (v20):
  • We were slaves in Egypt (v21).
    We were slaves to sin (Romans 6:17).
  • God did all His wonders, all it takes (v22).
    God sent His Son to the cross (Romans 5:8).
  • He pulled us out of there to bring us in (v23).
    He pulled us out of darkness into his marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9).
  • And give us the land He promised (v23).
    He gave us eternal life (John 3:16).
  • So that we would live reverently, in obedience before GOD (v24).
    So we can live in Christ our righteousness by the Spirit (Galatians 5:25, Romans 6:18).
Moses paints a picture of God's love as a response to why we do God's Word.
We know and rely on God's love for us...we love because He first loved us (1 John 4:16, 19).

Reflect & Pray
What recent event has reminded you of God's love for you? How might you share your experience of God's love with others?
May God's beautiful love encourage us to continually long for, and to do, His Word, in Jesus name.

God bless you exceedingly,
Sam.

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