10 Commandments for Kids Pt. 2

Courtesy of Elyse Fitzpatrick

Courtesy of Elyse Fitzpatrick

The first five commandments were given to us by God, to help us understand how to worship, honor, praise, and give the respect deserved to Him and our elders. The main idea of the first five is to Honor God. Commandments six through ten teach how to love thy neighbor, and the basic guidelines of how to love. It is one thing to honor, pay respect, and to love our Creator but it a lot harder to show love to our peers especially those who persecute us.

6. “Thou shall not kill” – in this commandment the word “kill” is talking about the literal sense of how life is not ours to take, and we should do as God says and not kill anyone. Taking someone’s life also includes killing them daily from the inside out by hurtful words through bullying and teasing. In this day and age bullying has become a huge problem and has resulted in many successful unnatural deaths and failed attempts. Killing someone daily is caused by saying hurtful things to other people and being plain ol’ mean.

How? This is one of the easier commandments to obey as long as we treat others the way we would like to be treated. Listen to what our mothers used to tell us, “if you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything at all.” Even if you are just “joking” around and the other person appears to be laughing, the laughter may only be skin deep, so try to refrain from saying any hurtful things at all.

7. “Thou shall not commit adultery”– Of course this commandment is clearly stating stay faithful in marriage by thinking about and only having one partner. Looking on a deeper level for those who are not married, not committing adultery can be interpreted as keeping your thoughts pure and set on God or uplifting things. We are in a relationship with God for life, even if we do not act like it. All things that are not for God automatically are against Him. When we pervert our minds with trashy, earthly, impure thoughts we are committing adultery against God. Adultery also relates to premarital relations. There should be a level of purity obtained before marriage, that can be crossed once marriage is achieved. The purer you stay before marriage the less likelihood for problems with adultery later on in life.

How? This commandment is not violated by just taking part in the actions but also we commit it daily within our minds. To avoid violating this commandment we need to ask God to cleanse our soul and minds daily. We should only have partner for marriage and also one spiritual partner.If you keep your mind on uplifting  pure things, you will find this commandment easy to obey.

8. ” Thou shall not steal”- Clearly do not take things that do not belong to you, including others’ happiness. A smile is very contagious so is a negative attitude. By staying positive and spreading a smile you run a lower chance of stealing others’ happiness. Stealing can also include, taking objects from stores, pirating books, movies, music, and games.

How? If you are grateful for what you have the need to take others’ things will lessen.

9. “Thou shall not bear false witness”- Try as hard as possible not to lie. Lying is probably the sin committed the most. Lying does not have to be directed to another person, but also refrain from lying to yourself. Don’t say you want to change or shake bad habits, when you know it is unlikely and you don’t want the change to occur. To stop lying to others’ the change starts within. Lying hurts people and has a damaging effect, no matter how little or how white the lie may appear.

How? Ask God. If you are afraid that you may hurt someone’s feelings, then don’t tell a lie, replace it with a truth. Ask God for courage to face your peers if you lie to fit in and seem cool. Lying may be a tough habit to break, but with everything it takes time.

10. ” Thou shall not covet”- we should not spend our time looking at what we do not have , but focus more on what we do. God was gracious enough to give us life, and we should cherish every moment of it. It is so easy to get caught up in what we do not have, that before we know it all we do have will vanish.

How? Look on the optimistic side of things. For all the things you wish you had replace it with everything you do have. There are millions of people in this world who are less fortunate than us, that do that take things for granted. See the glass as half full rather than half empty.

In Matthew 22:37-40, the bible tells us, ” Jesus replied: Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your should and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the prophets hang on these two commandments.” God couldn’t make it more obvious how important loving Him and others is. Love is the soul purpose of the Ten Commandments.

On this Valentine’s Day try to follow the commandments and show the proper love God and those around us deserve.

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Posted on February 14, 2013, in Spiritual Life, Top Stories and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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