Posted by: Judy | February 28, 2012

Reconciliation…

All too often, God is used as a whip to force compliance.

I needed to find a way to deflect the whip and embrace God.

The 10 commandments come from Exodus 20:1-17.

And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
  5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

How often did I have those quoted at me, to gain my compliance?

Now, I’m learning to embrace them, I think, as God intended. I’ll do better as I learn more.

1 and 2. The only one I owe everything because they gave me life is God.

3. I don’t have much trouble with 3. I’m learning to say “Thank God” more often. I was so afraid of saying it, for fear of someone saying I was being irreverent. Does this help illustrate how backward my life was?

4. Sunday is my day to rest and reflect and preparing for the coming week.

5. I will not be complicit in anyone’s abuse of me. If I do, then I lose all honor.

6. I don’t entertain thoughts of doing away with them. I simply want to be away from them, so they can no longer crush the life out of me.

7. By not allowing them to touch me or speak to me inappropriately, I’m obeying the broadest sense of not committing adultery.

8. I’m learning to provide for myself, so I don’t feel the need to do what I must to survive.

9. I will not pretend like everything is all right.

10. I don’t want anyone else’s life. By not allowing them to live their life through mine, I’m turning my back on being covetous.

Love God with all your heart, might, mind, and soul and love your neighbor as yourself.

This is what The Project is all about.

Every day I pray and thank God for giving me loving, wonderful friends who have been patient with me in my struggle to come into my own. They have taught me by their examples how to live a happy, healthy life. Not by telling what they think is best for me or what I should do, but simply by loving me, and teaching me I could trust them.

Every day I ask God to help me be a blessing in one person’s life that day.


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