By Mark Shields
This day with God will be amazing because as we share the Word we are receiving much more in return. Like ripples in the water, this sharing may seem small at first but eventually these thoughts and ideas about building our faith will make an impact in the world around us.
The collection of laws in Deuteronomy 21 – 22 as explained by Moses stresses the value of living with our neighbors in an orderly way with respect to human relationships, family matters, murder, and marriage.
Our relationships with each other are so important and this value begins at home. Rebellious and disobedient behavior in the home was not tolerated in the Old Testament. It was a serious matter even to the point that a rebellious son might be stoned to death. So let us also consider this matter of reverence to parents very crucial today.
We are born into this world without food or clothing. Someone has to help us to survive and the family unit is there to help. For a society to flourish, it all begins with the family unit and then the ripple effect carries into the neighborhood, into other communities, and the world as a whole. We are fighting one common evil enemy; the devil who likes war, corruption, and sickness.
On the other hand, God likes peace, righteousness, and health and these values begin with good family values. Proper family relations are crucial for a society to function properly because if a family has godly values, these values will carry over into society as a whole.
The next area of concern after the family unit is our neighborhoods. We are to help our neighbors in protecting property and in watching out for crime. Let us always make every effort to be kinder than necessary to neighbors by watching out for their property and helping them in their time of need. We will discover that this act of kindness will give life significance and bring peace and joy to the world.
This day with You Lord, we share Your Word to build faith in ourselves, in our families, in our neighborhood, communities, and hopefully around the world. As we encourage one another, grow in faith together, pray for each other, and are kind to our neighbor, we receive more than we give. Sharing about faith gives life significance and in turn we receive peace and joy. Amen.