Although it may appear too simple, the entire theme of the Bible can be summed up in three words, “God is love” (1 John 4:8). He intends for us only good, never harm. All His commands flow from a heart of love. In our lesson today, we will discover how God expressed His love in stone.
1. Why did a loving God give us His commandments? Write your answer on the line below.
“And the Lord commanded us to observe all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is this day” (Deut. 6:24).
6. Jesus gave us each command in love. What did He tell His disciples their love for Him would lead them to do? Read the text below and circle the words that express our response to His love.
“If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15).
Many modern translations of the Bible are faithful to the original text and translate this passage, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (emphasis provided). Obedience is the natural response of a heart that loves God.
7. When Christ fills our heart, what is our attitude toward God’s law? How does this attitude contrast with the attitude of an unconverted person? Read the texts below and write your answers in the spaces provided.
“For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be” (Rom. 8:7).
a. For the Christian the law is not ___________________________________
b. The carnal mind is not _________________________________________
In great love, God wrote His law in stone. The Ten Commandments reveal God’s way of life. When we surrender our lives to Christ, He places within our hearts the desire to obey Him. His law is not a burden. It is the joyful way to live. We see it not as a legalistic requirement, but as love written in stone.
If you would like to commit your life to loving obedience, simply write yes on the line.
Next month’s Bible study, “Growing as a Christian,” will look at the ways in which we can become more like Christ.