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Laws and Penalties
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Did you know that if everyone in the country obeyed the laws set by the government you wouldn’t have to lock your doors at night? You wouldn’t have to lock your car when you go to the store and you wouldn’t be afraid to walk down the street by yourself late at night. The laws set by the government are here to keep us safe, not burden us.

In order to get a job at the FBI or CIA you have to have lived a nearly perfect life--at least in the eyes of the authorities. This holds true for any law enforcement agency across our country including the highway patrol, the sheriff’s office, and the city police. This is important to them because they are the ones that uphold the law of the land and they don’t want their members breaking that same law.

Before I became a Christian I had somewhat of a shaky past. I thought about joining the FBI after I finished college but quickly realized they would never accept me despite the fact that I am a changed man. The FBI does a very vigorous background check and administers a polygraph (lie detector) test. Because I did not always uphold the laws set by our government in the past, I am unable to get a job with them today.

In God's Eyes

Unlike the FBI, God graciously forgives and forgets. He forgave me for all my past mistakes and sins and I become a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). I thank Jesus for saving me from the ultimate death. This same forgiveness is available to all alike. You too can be saved from eternal death and destruction.

Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love God and our fellow humans (Matthew 22:37-39). But how do we know what love is? It’s simple. Jesus said, “All the Law and Prophets hang on these two commandments” (v. 40). So the Ten Commandments teach us how to love. The first four tell us how to love God, and the last six tell us how to love one another. That's easy enough to understand! Do you love to the fullest?

Just like that laws of the country, if everyone obeyed God’s commands we would live in a perfect world. We would be happier. The Ten Commandments were given to keep us safe and free. I vote that we allow God to write His laws in our hearts and minds.

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