Love Carved on a Tree
by John Conrod
“ “He declared to you his covenant, the Ten Commandments, which he commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.” –Deuteronomy 4:13
Back when I was a young teen-ager I had some friends that would carve their love on a tree. “Billy loves Judy” or “TR + LJ.” (That was before the days of ecological awareness.)
The Ten Commandments are the heart of God’s love and they are just as applicable today as they were thousands of years ago when a loving God carved them into stone because they proclaim a lifestyle endorsed by God. They are the perfect expression of who God is and how he wants the people who love Him in return to show their love by the way they live. These words of God’s love free us, protect us, make us wise, and bring His love, joy and light to our lives. God’s laws of love are guidelines and lights on our path, rather than chains on our hands and feet. They point at harm and warn us, then point at success and guide us, all because of God’s love for us.
The Ten Commandments restrict us from doing those things that will cripple us and keep us from being our best….”
(this article is an excerpt from the January–February 2004 edition of the Sabbath Sentinel)
To read the rest of this article, which starts on page 9, click this link: https://biblesabbath.org/tss/505/tss_505.pdf