The Bible contains two categories of commandments within Exodus 20:1-17. Commandments one through four are focused on loving God. The final six are classified as civil based upon how God wants individuals to treat one another. During a first century conversation with religious leaders, one scholar tried to get Jesus to de-emphasize one of the commandments. Sensing this trap, Jesus responds with one of the most famous lines in Scripture, Matthew 22:37-40. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. Then, love your neighbor as yourself.” This is the key to obeying the ten commandments. Unfortunately, mankind is unable to obtain this goal due to the sinful nature.
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? – Micah 6:8
As a parent, trying to keep peace in a household of five is a difficult task. Whatever I do, one of the three will cry foul and perceive some sort of favoritism. While you may try to defend yourself like me when accused of a bias, I’ve learned that there is only one thing that I can say, “its just not fair.” Instead of instilling this fact of life within education, Common Core Curriculum is setting children up for failure when they reach the real world. I’m not sure what happened to Darwin’s teaching on survival of the fittest in public schools, but this concept does apply to the cruelness of life on earth.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere, James 3:17.
Failure is a weekly part of adulthood. However, its how you respond to obstacles, setbacks and trails that will dictate your future. Anyone can cry and complain, by casting blame and giving excuses, but what good is this? Jesus’ earthly brother writes about embracing wisdom from above. Those who look upward instead of inward will find hope, mercy and peace. Those who can’t get over past mistakes will end up like the faithless Israelites wandering in the wilderness for forty years. As you battle your own struggles with fairness, may you be drawn to Jesus’ two simple pieces of advice. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and love your neighbor as yourself. If you don’t apply this, you’ll come face to face with groans of “its just not fair!”
by Jay Mankus