Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.
Deuteronomy 4:2 NIV
Keep the Commands
The commander-in-chief of the Canadian Armed Forces is constitutionally vested in the monarch, Charles III, who is represented by the governor general. The professional head of the organization is the chief of the Defence Staff, who under the direction of the minister of national defence and together with the assistance of the Armed Forces Council, manages the operations of the Canadian Armed Forces. In 2021, Canada’s military expenditure totalled approximately $26.4 billion, or around 1.3 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
In almost all religions, there are expectations that human beings have to do something in order to gain the attention of the god or gods of that religion. Certain rites must be followed, certain actions must take place. You must pray so many times a day, or do so many good deeds, or go to a religious site so many times to try to appease the deity. Religion usually then adds a whole bunch of other rules or regulations. In Jesus’ time, the religious leaders had added so many of these that life was miserable for the average person. The Bible teaches something altogether different. It does not let us get away with living any way we want. Deuteronomy 4:2 does say this: “Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the Lord your God that I give you.” What are those commands? Jesus would break them down to two – love the Lord God with everything in you, and love others as yourself. The command of the Gospel is to love God and others. By doing so, we honour God and express His love to others.
These have been words from the heart.