The Tender Commandments

The Tender Commandments

What do you think of when you hear the Ten Commandments? Some of you may call to mind Cecil B. DeMille’s epic film starring Charlton Heston as Moses. Others may recall being forced to learn those rules when they were in Sunday school. Still younger ones might say, “The ten what?”

The Ten Commandments are rules that were given by the very hand of God to His people after He freed them from slavery in Egypt. But – have you ever heard of the Ten Commandments described as a love letter… a tender, heart-felt message from a good and loving God? Maybe not.

Many people don’t think God’s commands are loving. Instead they see them as being legalistic rules given by a strict God who wants to keep us from having fun.

Are the Ten Commandments limiting and legalistic? Or is it possible that God gave us these rules to protect us from danger? Like a parent who tells a child to look both ways before they cross the street, God’s commandments are designed for our own good.

God’s rules are one of the most powerful expressions of His love in the Bible. Because God loves us, He gives us rules to protect us and provide for us, just like any loving parent would do.

If you have a Bible, open up to Exodus chapter 20 and read for yourself these wonderful rules that our Heavenly Father has given to us, to help us to experience a fulfilled and blessed life!

Pastor Chris Jordan

(Note – today’s blog title was borrowed from a book by the same name, written by Pastor Ron Mehl. An excellent read for anyone wanting to learn more about the Ten Commandments).


About Chris Jordan

Husband. Father. Author. Pastor. High School Bible Teacher. Follower of Jesus. And I enjoy a good cup of coffee!
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3 Responses to The Tender Commandments

  1. Simple Theologian says:

    I work in ministry as well with teenagers. I’ve begun realizing that not only are they rules as you’ve described but looking more and more at the 10 Commandments and the rest of the Law, it’s like they are Practices of best living for your life. The Law is not this harsh burden that we carry…as Jesus puts it Love God and Love Others fulfills the Laws requirements.

    The Law teaches us to Love.

    • Chris Jordan says:

      Thanks for the response, “Simple Theologian” (love the name!). It’s interesting also how Jesus’ commands to love God and love people correspond with the Ten Commandments: Love God (commandments #1-4) and Love People (commandments #5-6). Cool eh?

      • Simple Theologian says:

        I know it’s cool! I don’t know how I missed that growing up…That’s why I work with youth, to teach this generation about God’s love and what it means for them.

        I’d even go further and say commandments 5-10 are Love People. If you you Love people the way Jesus teaches us to love, you wouldn’t do any of the commandments 5-10 because then you have not loved others as yourself.

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