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“Therefore, whoever nullifies one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19).

Whoever changes what God has said is in trouble.  Do note however, that the hope is that even ‘they’ will be called the least.  Better to be the least in heaven than the greatest in hell.  But then, it is better to be neither.  So stop dancing around and begin to practice all of the Ten Commandments.  Do not do this to get saved, but toward becoming like Christ.  Keep them, model them, and teach them to others.

Lord, there are those who use the Ten Commandments like a club.  Then there are those who say that You saved us, so what we do does not matter.  But You have made it clear that while we are not saved by the law, You have not done away with the law.  Help me to live in the way You would have me live.  Guide me by Your goodness to learn to know and love all of Your commandments.

Lord Jesus, by Your stripes I am healed.  You have made me a disciple and, through my baptism, called for me to learn how to obey all that You command.  Lead me now and always in the goodness and mercy You give to those who are Yours so that I never willingly nor intentionally violate Your law.  Let me live in Your law with the liberty You have given me knowing that my salvation has been made complete by You.  Amen.