â€œYou shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mindâ€¦you shall love your neighbor as yourself.â€ – Matthew 22:37-39
I believe the Ten Commandments are a great guide for successful living. The Big Ten are the ultimate foundation on which to base spiritual and ethical behavior. The first four commandments focus on our relationship with God. The last six deal with our relationship to our fellow man. In short, right spirituality leads to right living with our fellow man.
The first four are:
â€¢ Put God first
â€¢ Have no idols
â€¢ Respect His name
â€¢ Have a weekly Sabbath
The last six are:
â€¢ Donâ€™t murder
â€¢ Donâ€™t commit adultery
â€¢ Donâ€™t steal
â€¢ Donâ€™t bear false witness
â€¢ Donâ€™t lie
â€¢ Donâ€™t covet what your neighbor has that youâ€™re not entitled to
These are stated so negatively, like a bunch of â€œdonâ€™ts.â€ And when someone says, â€œdonâ€™tâ€ something within us makes us want to â€œdo.â€ So Jesus summarized them positively. I like His best.
He said â€œLove God with all your heart, soul, and mind,â€ (the first four in a nutshell). And he said â€œLove your neighbors as yourself,â€ (the last six, in five words). Wow! The perfect summary of The Big Ten.
Each version, The Big Ten or the Big Two, teaches us how to be in right relationship with God and right relationships with our fellow man. In short, when we get right with God weâ€™ll be right with our fellow man.