Jesus tells us that if you love Him you will keep His commandments. He spoke of loving God with all of your heart, soul, and mind which equates to emotions, will, and intellect. He is telling us to love Him with all of our being.
The Ten Commandments can give us guidance on how to Love God with all our heart, soul, and mind. Last time we looked at the first two commandments and today we pick up with number three.
Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
I knew a pastor one time who hated those who had a “potty mouth” and would deride anyone who would say G-D (and I will not spell it out) as the blasphemy and a violation of this commandment. Yet he would say quite frequently gosh. I hate this word just as much because it is used so loosely by those claiming to be Christian. It is defined as a mild oath, a euphemism for God and if you are not fooling Noah Webster and you are not fooling God, yet this is s most superficial treatment of this commandment.
A bride takes her husband’s name and can make it vain (H7722 tempest, deviation) think about what New Orleans looked like after Katrina. A wife can do this to a marriage by not being faithful and keeping her vows. We do it by taking Christ’s name (Christian) and not acting like it! We devastate His name when, like Israel we go “whoring after other gods.” (Judges 2:17) God equates idolatry to adultery and is NEVER proper for the church which is the bride of Jesus (see Ephesians 5:22-32).
Exodus 20:8-11 remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. (9) Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: (10) But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: (11) For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
- Matthew 11:28-29 come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Jesus by filling the law has become our Sabbath, our rest.
- But there is still a biblical principle here of resting one day in seven. This is to give a time of rest and refreshment. A day to spend special time with God. This is important. If you tell a woman you love her yet you never call, never talk, never want to spend time with her, in fact you do not even care about what pleases her or makes her happy, after a while she will get the feeling that you do not really love her. We need to spend time lavishly with the God we profess to love. Spending time in prayer, praise, worship, Word draws us closer to Him, helps us to know what to do to please Him and gives us a desire to actually do that.
To love the Lord thy God with all my heart, soul, and mind. From this first table of the law defining our relationship with Him we see to do this we must love Him above all others, show it in the way He defines, be faithful to Him as a good bride, and set aside the time to be with Him. If we can do this we are making good progress in our desire to love God.