The Ten Commandments teach us right from wrong. They also present a positive outcome for those who obey them. For example, "Don't
lie," instructs us to be truthful. "Don't covet," teaches us to count our blessings and be content with what we've been given.
With this positive outcome in mind, when we teach the commandments, it is important to lead children to understand the beneficial reasons to obey them.
"The most important commandment answered Jesus is this: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these" Mark 12:29-31.
Commandments #1-4: Teach us how to show love towards God:
#1 - Worship the one true God. (Have no other gods.)
#2 - Pray only to God. (Don't worship idols.)
#3 - Respect God. (Don't misuse God's name.)
#4 - Get your rest. (Remember the Sabbath Day. Keep it holy.)
Commandments #5-10: Teach us how to show love towards others.
#5 - Love your parents. (Honor your mom and dad.)
#6 - Respect life. (Don't murder.)
#7 - Be faithful to your spouse. (Don't commit adultery.)
#8 - Respect other people's property. (Don't steal.)
#9 - Tell the truth. (Don't lie.)
#10 - Be content with what you've been given. (Don't covet.)
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