Exodus 20:1-17

With many miles yet to cover between our house and his, my restless 7-year-old grandson reached for the cigarette lighter for entertainment. "Be careful," I cautioned him. "That's hot." A few minutes later he was sticking his hand out the window. The next day I noticed a blister on his index finger.

My warning for my grandson was not for my benefit, but for his alone. And God's commandments are not given for God's good, but for our good. He knows the suffering we will experience if we disobey Him. In the 13th chapter of John, Jesus tells us: "A new commandment I give unto you, that we love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another" (KJV) Imagine the pain and suffering that would be avoided if love replaced hatred, envy and greed. Imagine a world with no wars, no street fighting, no drug trafficking. My grandson learned the hard way. How our loving Heavenly Father must grieve when we, like my grandson, insist on learning the hard wa y.

Heavenly Father, our rebellious natures often cause us to learn the hard way. Help us to obey, knowing your commandments were given out of love for us. Amen.

By Madeline, Hastings, NE