Confirmation Instruction Lesson 4
God's Commandments Strengthen My Life
Too often we hear interpretations of the Ten Commandments as strict rules that bind us to a narrow path.
We need to look at the commandments as the "shalls" - as the things God wants us to do. If we don't kill our neighbor, if we don't steal from our neighbor, what does God want us to do instead? The answer comes in Jesus' restatement of the commandments, to love our neighbors as ourselves.
But there is a second purpose for the commandments, to be a source of strength we can rely on in choosing our own behaviors. By following God's commandments we become stronger, wiser people.
My favorite commandment is:
Following this commandment has made me a stronger person and has given me a better life. It happens like this:
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