Devotional for Tuesday November 10th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Be thankful”
Our Bible verse for today: “I have treasured your word in my heart so that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Thank God for His moral standards”
Yesterday we took some time to thank God for the gift of the Bible. In a similar vein, today we will thank Him for His moral standards. In the Bible not only has God told us everything He wants us to know about Himself and about His ways, but He has also told us how we are to live. From cover-to-cover the Bible is filled with instructions and principles to guide us in living life according to God’s moral standards. And here’s the thing, He gave us those standards for our own good. It’s in our own best interest, and in the best interest of everyone else around us, that we all live according to God’s moral standards.
The sixth of the Ten Commandments says we are not to commit murder. Imagine if it didn’t. Imagine if murder was acceptable and everyone routinely resorted to murder to solve their problems. The eight commandment tells us we are not to steal, but imagine if stealing was an acceptable and legitimate way of getting what you want. Numerous Bible passages instruct us to feed the hungry, house the homeless, take care of the sick, look out for each other, and to put the interests of others above our own. But what if the exact opposite was true? What if there was no compassion for the needy? What if everyone was entirely selfish and looking out only for themselves?
And on and on we could go. The Bible is packed full of instructions and principles for right living, and God’s standards for living are timeless, they transcend generations and cultures. They apply to all people in all places at all times and they are always in everyone’s best interests. The more any society or grouping of people live according to God’s moral standards, the better off everyone is. And the less they live that way, the worse the situation will be. This is precisely why the Founding Fathers of the United States of America wove Biblical principles into the very fabric of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the United States, and into the Bill of Rights. 
God has given us His moral standards to guide our conduct because He loves us and He wants what’s best for us. I encourage you to spend some time this morning thanking Him for His standards, and then I encourage all of us to live by them.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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