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What Love Looks Like

May 20, 2018

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me.” Deuteronomy 5:6-7

The Ten Commandments lay out what loving God and loving your neighbor looks like (5:6-21). The first four tell us what it means to love God:

  • You shall have no other gods before me (5:7)
  • You shall not make an idol (5:8-10)
  • You shall not take the Lord’s name in vain (5:11)
  • Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy (5:12-15)

The last six spell out what it means to love your neighbor:

  • Honor your father and mother (5:16)
  • Don’t murder (5:17)
  • Don’t commit adultery (5:18)
  • Don’t steal (5:19)
  • Don’t bear false witness (5:20)
  • Don’t covet what God has given to your neighbor (5:21)

Martin Luther says that the book of Deuteronomy is an exposition of the Ten Commandments: Chapters 6-18 apply the first four, explaining what it means for God’s people to love him. Chapters 19-26 apply the last six, explaining what it means to love your neighbor as yourself. Chapters 27-34 set out the blessings of obedience to these commands, and the curses of disobedience.

You could say that Deuteronomy is an exposition of love. God is love, and those who are his people are called to a life of love. The commandments tell us what this love looks like. That is why love is the fulfillment of the law (see Rom. 13:10).

If you love God with all your heart and you love your neighbor as yourself, you will have done all that God commands you.

How could one of these commands help you to love God or others today?

The Author
Colin Smith

Colin Smith is the senior pastor of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He has authored a number of books, including Heaven, How I Got Here and Heaven, So Near - So Far. Colin is the president and teacher for Unlocking the Bible. Follow him on Twitter.

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