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Exodus 20:12-16

“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that theLordyour God is giving you.

“You shall not murder.

“You shall not commit adultery.

“You shall not steal.

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.


Modern people also regard freedom as unimpeded access to any choice, as unlimited choice, as always keeping one’s options open. This is not the Biblical understanding of freedom. Instead, the Bible reminds us freedom actually flourishes in relationships where boundaries are respected and expectations are clearly defined and met. When we see our neighbors as someone to whom we choose to show respect, it allows both people to grow into who God calls them to be. God loves our neighbor, God knows we sin, and so God sets up some boundaries to help us remember how act from the freedom of God and not the bindings of sin.


  • How can rules be good news?

  • What responsibilities do you believe we owe to our neighbors, family, and friends?


God of covenant, you promised Abraham land, descendants, and blessing so that he might be a blessing for all. Show us how to honor the covenant, so that we might be a blessing to others. We pray these things in the name of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. Amen.

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