2017-01-12 / Worship

Life lived on Earth is worthwhile

(Romans 13:9-14)

In the Old Testament days, God chose Abraham and Sarah to be His chosen couple to birth God’s first chosen nation of people unto the earth. They were past the normal age for this task, and therefore God had to cause a miracle to take place in their lives for the birth of Isaac to transpire. Abraham and Sarah ran out of patience. They tried to help God with God’s miracle by giving birth to Ishmael through Hagar, Sarah’s handmaid. This action caused a difficulty for mankind in God’s plan for the human race. We still see the results of this even today.

Every difficulty in the human race can be traced back to our lack of faith for God’s will to be done in our lives. Failing to have faith in God is the root of all problems in our lives: individually and in our families, nations, and world.

God finally grew His first chosen people, the Israelites, and brought them out of Egypt by God’s chosen leader, Moses. God gave them laws to live by at Mount Sinai after a three-month journey through the wilderness. The laws were written on stone tablets and were given to the people through Moses by God. The Ten Commandments cover every aspect of man’s life and come with blessings if they are kept in a spirit of love. God said, “For he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.” (verse 8)

God’s laws give direction to mankind. The first three deal with mankind’s relationship with God. The next three give direction for living our lives. The last four commandments deal with our treatment of ourselves and others.

The keeping of the law must be done by love. God says, “Love worketh no ill to his neighbor; therefore is the fulfilling of the law.” (verse 10) God says through Paul, “Now it is high time to awake out of sleep.” (verse 11) The word “sleep” in this verse is referring to spiritual sleep.

Paul says, “Our salvation is nearer than we believed; the night is far spent. The day is at hand. Let us cast off the works of darkness. Let us put on the armor of light. Let us walk honestly, not in rioting, drunkenness,

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