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How to Honor the Ten Commandments!

The original Ten Commandments are located in Exodus 20:1-17.

If you’ve never read them, I suggest pulling out your Bible and turning there quickly to look them over.

In this article, we’re going to look at what Jesus said about the Ten Commandments.

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill (Matthew 5:17).

The original Ten Commandments run this way:

  1. You shall have no other gods before Me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven about or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
  5. Honor your father and your mother.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness (lie) against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet.

Many of these are straightforward but Jesus thought two of them required clarification (Matthew 5-6).

  • You have heard that the ancients were told, “You shall not commit murder” and “Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court” –Matthew 5:21. Jesus discusses this commandment in depth, saying that anyone who is angry with another or calls another “foolish,” “good for nothing,” or any discouraging name is guilty in the eyes of the law. Jesus even goes so far as to say that we should not bring our offering to God until we have reconciled with those who are angry with us!
  • You have heard it was said, “You shall not commit adultery” –Matthew 5:27. Jesus doesn’t just let this commandment stand as a physical act. Jesus says that this also means looking at anyone with lust in their heart. When we look at another person with lust, we already have committed adultery in our hearts.

There is one command that I found confusing when I was younger–you shall not covet. Coveting means desiring or being jealous of what someone else has. God wants us to be content in our own situations and in the life He has provided for each of us. He wants us to live the life He has given to us fully and not to spend it wishing that we had someone else’s life.

To honor the Ten Commandments means to follow them as well as we can, but not relying on them to get us to heaven. Following the Ten Commandments does not grant us salvation. Only by believing in Jesus Christ and in His mercy and grace are we saved. The Ten Commandments are a large part of how we live out our Christian lives, but they are not our salvation.

How do you honor the Ten Commandments? Do you find one harder to honor than the others?

Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches other to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:19).

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by Beautiful Bride on January 6, 2012 at 17:32

    I love the ten commandents, to me its the perfect recipe to world peace !

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by luvJesusInHeavn on January 1, 2012 at 11:32

    Thank you, I’m going to try harder to honor the Commandments now! New Year’s Resolution!

  3. Paris

    Posted by Paris on December 31, 2011 at 11:10

    I honor the 10 commandments by asking God to grow in my relationship with him so that I can be a better christian.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Taylor17 on December 30, 2011 at 20:27

    DO we honor our father if he committed adultery and stole? :/

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by elegantsharen on January 10, 2012 at 11:38

      When it’s hard to love and honor someone under our own strength and resolve, that’s when we have to surrender to Christ and ask him to love that person through us. I can personally attest to the fact that He will, and He is able to do so for you and through you.
      He is truly a miracle worker, and our miraculous, wonderful Lord and Saviour.
      You will never know real peace until you allow the Prince of Peace to reign in your heart and take control. He can give you victory over the devil who wants you to be mired in resentment, hate, and generally miserableness. Don’t give him that satisfaction. You have the victory in Christ!

    • Posted by JennArman on January 1, 2012 at 06:42

      Yes Taylor. The commandment does not say “honor your father and mother if they do everything right”. I understand that it can be hard to honor our parents when they commit other sins but God still wants us to honor them as our parents. My father also committed adultery and for a long time I found it very difficult to honor him in any way. The best way that I have found to make it easier to honor my parents is to pray for them, pray that every good and perfect thing that comes from God would be present in their lives and that those things from God would lead them to repentance.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by Ann Marie on December 30, 2011 at 12:58

    I honor the Ten Commandments by trying my hardest to keep them. It is one of my New Year resolutions. I find the false witness against another person harder or lie. Everyone lies and i think that makes it hard.

  6. kala12395

    Posted by kala12395 on December 30, 2011 at 11:06

    For me, I find it impossible to honor the Sabbath Day because I have absolutely no time to rest then. It is the day where I’m getting ready for the next week and doing my chores….

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by victoriamorgan on December 30, 2011 at 07:51

    thank you, now i know all the commandents and what they mean 🙂