Lyle On Commandments – Love Wins

I could not resist. A popular pastor’s book by the title “love wins” drops today. That means it will be shipped and I have seen is already available for you Kindle owners. Lyle is not here to weigh in on the matter. I scoured his blog and the closest thing I could come up with is a post where he reflected on the “Commandments.” What cannot be overlooked is this line,

I think the above quote from “Morning and Evening” sums up what Jesus was talking about. If all we do is keep the 10 that is no guarantee that we are keeping the 2 great commands that Jesus gave us.

The one thing that occurs to me that appears diminished in the whole hub-bub is Jesus summed up the commandments (The 10) into two. The Apostle Paul further summed them up into one. Since we like “boiling things down,” the law may be summed up in “love your neighbor as yourself.”

Truth be told, it would be easier to keep score of breaking or not-breaking the 10 than filling out the one that expresses the two. Loving others seems to have no bounds. The 10 commandments show us the boundaries of our space so that we may rightly love others in their space.

Here is Lyle’s post, Keep My Commandments,

SUNDAY, JUNE 19, 2005

Keep My Commandments

I have been seeing these cardboard signs with the 10 commandments around town, I suppose Lifeway or someone like it is distributing them. The bottom line quotes Jesus as saying: “if you love me keep my commandments.”

I don’t remember Jesus specifying that it was these 10 commandments we should keep if we loved Him.

If ye love Me, keep My commandments;” and this is the commandment that He has given unto you, “that ye love one another.” Are you told to distribute to the poor? Do it, not because charity is a burden which you dare not shirk, but because Jesus teaches, “Give to him that asketh of thee.” Does the Word say, “Love God with all your heart”? Look at the commandment and reply, “Ah! commandment, Christ hath fulfilled thee already–I have no need, therefore, to fulfill thee for my salvation, but I rejoice to yield obedience to thee because God is my Father now and He has a claim upon me, which I would not dispute.—Morning and Evening

I think the above quote from “Morning and Evening” sums up what Jesus was talking about. If all we do is keep the 10 that is no guarantee that we are keeping the 2 great commands that Jesus gave us.

POSTED BY LYLE AT 10:46 PM

 

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