Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 7th, 2020
These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Deuteronomy 6:6-7 (NIV)
As a country founded by England, the fundamental principles of Canadian law are not all that different from those governing the legal system of Great Britain, the United States, or any other country with a history of British rule. This English tradition states that laws must be clear and rational, that all accused persons are innocent until proven guilty, that incriminating evidence must meet very high standards, and that the law’s power over the individual is limited by precedent and the Constitution.
The heart of the Bible’s teaching about the nature of human beings is that we are willful people who want our own way, and who don’t like to be told how to live. The result of this spiritual anarchy is sin, guilt and shame. We have fallen a long way from our original parents who walked with the Holy God who created them. God always knew that living by His standards would lead to peace and joy, and would have a positive influence on not only our relationship with Him, but with each other as well. Eventually, He would change our nature, through Jesus’ death and resurrection. But first, He would clearly present to His people the standards that would let them know what God expects of His people. In Deuteronomy 6, He gives them what we have come to call the Ten Commandments, and here is what God says about them in Deuteronomy 6:6-7: “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”
These have been words from the heart.