Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Exodus 20:12-16, NRSV)
This is the first 5 commandments or words from the second tablet which is all about the horizontal relationship. We think these words or commandments are about how we are to act towards God, or how we are to live for God. Really these commandments or words are about others. They really are not about your life. They are not to be followed so that you can have your best life here and now. These guidelines or words are given so that you can help others have their best life now.
Do not steal, do not kill, do not bear false witness, do not commit adultery, all of these are things that hurt others. By doing them you are tearing another down. We are to lift others up out of the muck they are living in.
When Jesus said, Love your neighbor as yourself” He was quoting Leviticus 19:18. This is not a new concept and was instilled in God’s people from the start. Yet it is the hardest thing for us to do because it is about focusing on making someone else’s life better, not our own.
How can you be a spreader of God’s love and work to make the world a better place?