Commanded To Love
Passage: Exodus 20:12–20:17
Community Group Questions: Exodus 20:12-17 "Commanded to Love"
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- Jesus’ commandment to love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39-40) is fulfilled in commandments 5-10. How so? What did Jesus mean in verse 40, “on these two commandments depend all the law and the prophets”?
- Loving our neighbor as ourselves asks us to honor and protect the parental relationship (commandment #5). How is this commandment being fulfilled in your life? Is there someone in your immediate circle that you can commit to pray for who is experiencing difficulty in their relationship with their parents and/or children?
- Loving our neighbor as ourselves asks us to honor and protect life (commandment #6). In Matthew 5, Jesus equates an angry heart with murder. Is this an area of struggle for you? Are there relationships in your life that are characterized by anger? What step(s) can you take to reconcile this relationship?
- Loving our neighbor as ourselves asks us to honor and protect marriage and sexual purity (commandment #7). Again, in Matthew 5, Jesus equates lust with adultery. Is this an area of struggle for you? Have you allowed yourself to be vulnerable in a way that could lead you into sexual sin? Is there someone in your life that you can be accountable to in this particular area?
- Loving our neighbor as ourselves asks us to honor and protect others’ rights and property (commandment #8). Within Christian circles, theft by ‘indirect’ means is probably much more common than ‘direct’ means. Is there any area of your life where this has played out? (i.e. not using your time at work well, adjusting numbers on your taxes, etc). We made the connection between ownership and stewardship – does this change the way you think about the eighth commandment, ‘thou shall not steal’?
- Loving our neighbor as ourselves asks us to honor and protect truth (commandment #9). Gossip is common in the church today, and yet incredibly damaging. Are you careful to avoid gossip and conversations that could damage others? What practical steps can you take to avoid gossip? Is there someone you have given false witness about that you need to go back and ask for forgiveness from?
- Loving our neighbor as ourselves asks us to honor and protect others’ blessings (commandment #10). We established the truth that a violation of any of the previous 5 commandments is almost a certain violation of the tenth commandment, as sins of the hands begin in the heart, and usually result from a coveting heart (see Matthew 15:18-20). Do you have a coveting heart? What is challenging your sense of contentment with what the Lord has given to you?