The Ten Commandments and their relevance to Christians

Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them.” (Matthew 5:17). It is Christ’s intention that the spiritual requirement of God’s law is fulfilled in the lives of his followers. Today let’s analyze Jesus’ words in the light of the “Ten Commandments” the most basic form of the Old Testament Law.

1. Do not serve other gods

Exodus 20:1-3

God must be the top priority of my life. Today a “god” can be anything that takes God’s place in my life consuming my time and ruling over my lifestyle. Some examples are celebrity worship, unlimited entertainment, and gluttony, the pursuit of money, fame, and power.

2. Do not make/worship Idols

Exodus 20:4-6

God alone should be the focus of my faith. I must not practice the occult, permit superstitious powers control over my lifestyle.

3. Do not abuse God’s Name

Exodus 20:7

I must not use the name of God to swear or curse or with disrespect. The name of the Lord is powerful and holy. It should be used with the right attitude.

4. Observe the Sabbath Day

Exodus 20:8-11

Christians are free from observing the Sabbath. The purpose of gathering on Sundays (Fridays in Middle Eastern countries) is to worship God and enjoy fellowship with other Christians. There are no rules that make church attendance mandatory. However regular church attendance is a principle that Paul the apostle urged the early believers to abide by, (Hebrews 10:25).

5. Honor your Parents

Exodus 20:12

My parents might be right they might be wrong. Still, I must always treat them with respect. They deserve my gratitude. When they are wrong to correct them respectfully and suggest a good alternative that they might consider.

6. You shall not Murder

Exodus 20:13

Bad mouthing other people is a way of murder. Hollywood justifies murder in the name of justice. Revenge belongs to God and he will make everything right at the end. God has setup governments and rules to deal with injustice.

7. You shall not commit Adultery

Exodus 20:14

I must remain faithful to my spouse. My sex life should be limited to my marriage partner. I am to avoid indulgence in all forms of sexual immorality including provocative videos, pictures, magazines or even web sites, computer games and software. The Bible forbids sexual fantasies, (Matthew 5:28).

8. You shall not Steal

Exodus 20:15

I must avoid all forms of theft including but not limited to software piracy, copyright infringement, plagiarism, reproducing intellectual property without permission as well as cheating tests and taxes.

9. You shall not Lie

Exodus 20:16

I must not blame or gossip about others, lie about them or to them (Ephesians 4:29; Colossians 3:9). I should not Promise anything I cannot deliver.

10. You shall not Covet

I must discipline myself to be content with what God has given me. I am to avoid greed and envy (James 4:2-3; Proverbs 24:1) but seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. When I do God shall meet my needs, (Matthew 6:33)

Closing Remarks

The ten commandments are more than a mere list do and don’ts. It’s an ancient codex for healthy relationships. The first four commandments are about our relationship with God while the other six are to do with people.

Jesus said the Parable of the Good Samaritan to illustrate the entire law is fulfilled if we do two things. Love God and love People, (Matthew 22:37-38). Unfortunately, we cannot love either on our own. We are sinful beings capable of loving ourselves but not others.

Jesus died on a cross in mount calvary to give us that ability to love God and people. If you admit that you are a sinner incapable of loving others and invite Jesus into your life God will accept you as his own child and give you the ability to love Him and people unconditionally. Remember, when you love God and people you begin to fulfill the entire law.

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