Lance and Dante talk about balancing being in the world but not of the world and how that affects our walk and witness. For parents, balancing sheltering our children with exposing them to the world without fear
Dear Legacy Dad (and all of our readers), Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Lance and I would like to wish you the best of Holiday on remembering all the things that you are thankful for. We are thankful for all of you and for your desire and commitment to grow and be a legacy dad (and family).
Philippians 4:6-9New International Version (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
That being said, you may have noticed that blog entries between Lance and I have been far and few between these past several months and I am sorry for that. I cannot speak for Lance, nor his travel schedule, but as for me, it has been a taxing year: New Job, Health and death of a parent, health issues (or lack of health maintenance) and then finding myself in this funk (you may call it depression). I knew, since we buried my dad, that I would be grieving and/or at least have the grief catch up to me. When my mom died in 2011, I had processed that a lot before and up into the funeral and was able to let go and grieve all along the way. Not so with my dad. He was a very hard man, who become soft is his last few years. He had anger issues and a temper and could be known for not always being such a nice man. However, if you saw him in most circles (from his profession, to his community habits) he was a gentlemen and a very hard worker. He was a socially responsible human being that lived by a very stringent set of ethics - hard work being on the top of that list. He would always quote Shakespeare to me and talk about the importance of stewardship and integrity. He instilled in me a work ethic that is rivaled by very few.
My father was an Architect, a professor and a dad who would do anything for family. He was a man of character and integrity and for all intents and purposes, he was good man. He knew his trade and not only that, to the shock and sometimes surprise of the contractors that he worked with, he knew as much about their trades. Seriously, this man could build a house from the ground up (I saw it). From the excavation, to the concrete and foundation, to the plumbing and electrical all the way up to finishing work - this man could do it. In my eyes he was a super man. For years I longed for his approval in all that I did. He was not a man of many words relating to feelings. He would talk, yell and discipline. He would encourage at times and correct often as needed. He was lacking love (his Mom died when he was 11) so he sucked at expressing how he felt about others. I understand this now!
Anyways, back to me. Before this man died, when he became really sick and was given weeks to live - two of the four siblings (My oldest sister and I) were able to spend those last days with him I could tell he was struggling and caught between two worlds - his earthly desire to live on earth and the uncertain desire to meet his Savior and wife in Heaven again. He was in the VA Hospital in their wing called Heroes Haven (Warriors that served our Country). The staff was wonderful and very comforting, encouraging and urging to my sister and I. They told me that we should not be surprised to see these warriors fight until the very end. They wouldn't just give up and die. How true that was, because this soldier fought and perked up actually when he saw me fly down to his hospital bed. He improved so much that he actually went into another VA wing were he ultimately succumbed to death and went home to be with our Lord.
The funeral was beautiful. I had asked a Pastor of our church to do the funeral and he did it was such an authority of love and compassion for all those who attended. I was overwhelmed with the outpouring of customers who sent cards, flowers for my dad and gifts to my dad's charity of choice. I was overwhelmed by all those who came to pay their respects for my dad to our family. I was even more overcome by those who came to see my family and I. The funeral was pointing to our Savior Jesus Christ and the hope that we should all have in Him and Him alone.
I was really touched with the honor guard came to Salute him at the grave site and folded the flag and we requested that my oldest brother receive that flag. How touching and inspiring that was to all those around. My brother, I could tell, was overwhelmed by the honor. I salute those soldiers for what they do and how they serve - I am very thankful for them, as well.
Afterwards, the process of loss begin to creep into my life. The feeling of emptiness and uncertainty was in the back of my head. The thing is, though, I could not rationalize this. I knew that I would grieve after the funeral as I did with my mother's funeral. But this was different, I was gaining weight and not doing my usual things to take care of my self (workouts, running, eating). My loose clothing are actually no longer loose. I don't want to say that I was (am not) laughing and living because I am. The thing is, with my dad's funeral, this hit me so much harder because now my parents are no longer on this earth. I have to wait to be with them again and realized how lonely that felt. I do not want to diminish my family (my wife and kids) because they are my strength and my encouragement in life. I truly look forward to coming home.
For some reason, I could not put a finger what was going on with me. Was I in a funk? Was I just "fat and lazy"? Am I depressed? Am I in depression? These were questions that were floating in my head that just were not gaining any traction in my life. That is, until I met with a young gentlemen this past Tuesday to discuss his co-leading our men's group (Men of Faith) this Saturday. He was going over a lot of possible topics - but a theme was beginning to develop. He shared a lot with me and it was an honor and a privilege for me to get to know him better than just seeing him on Saturday mornings. The theme was a story of depression and community and caring and the church. I felt as if the Lord put this man in my life for me to deal with the "unsaid" in my life: Funk/Depression.
Last night, after our church's Thanksgiving Service of Gratitude, I was going to stay up late and watch a movie with my wife, but instead her and I went to bed and talked. I shared about my meeting with this young man and then I shared a lot about what was truly going on with me. It wasn't as if my wife didn't notice or was not caring, because she was. However, I wasn't dealing with it head on.
I don't want to misrepresent where I am now, because I am still they're going through it and being raw with who I am right now and where I want to go. But after the talk this past Tuesday with this younger brother and then the heart to heart with my wife last night I can tell you where I am going:
The church is a hospital - if not, it should be. We are all broken, all sinful and all in need of help and community and a Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus didn't come to help the righteous, he came to heal and cure and bless the sick and broken. He invited the lame and broken and lost into his world and saved them from their bondage. Jesus knew what He was doing from the beginning - because His Father gave Him the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There it is - community from the very beginning.
The church is a hospital. My men's group and friends and family are my community. I need to serve others and go outward toward the Father's business and not my own (in the state of mind that I am in) to pull back, isolate and feel sorry for myself and internalize poor and unhealthy choices. I need to look upward, reach outward and in some cases (maybe if you going through this) to get professional Christian (biblical) counsel and even in some cases medicate to regulate the brain to correct itself. From a post in Christianity today, "Major depression is diagnosed when an adult exhibits one or both of two core symptoms (depressed mood and lack of interest), along with four or more of the following symptoms, for at least two weeks: feelings of worthlessness or inappropriate guilt; diminished ability to concentrate or make decisions; fatigue; psychomotor agitation (cannot sit still) or retardation (just sitting around); insomnia or hypersomnia (sleeping too much); significant decrease or increase in weight or appetite; and recurrent thoughts of death or suicidal ideation. This clinical definition is sterile, however, and fails to capture the unique quality of the severely depressed person's suffering. Deep depression is embodied emotional suffering. It is not simply a state of mind or a negative view of life but something that affects our physical being as well. Signs of a severe episode of depression include unfounded negative evaluations of friends, family, and oneself, emotional "pain," physical problems such as lethargy, difficulty getting one's thoughts together, and virtually no interest in one's surroundings. Though most of us know at least an acquaintance who has committed suicide, this tragic act baffles us perhaps as much as it pains us. "I just don't understand," we say. The irony is that survivors of serious suicide attempts frequently reflect on those attempts with a similar attitude: "I have no idea what came over me." The pain and mental dysfunction of major depression are that deep."
After this two God-ordained talks this week (the younger brother and my wife) I have come to the conclusion of the following action steps:
- Serve others
- Be in community
- Open up about my hurts and feelings
- Weep and mourn
- Don't hold it in
- Look Upward (in God's word and prayer)
- Reach Outward
- If needed, seek biblical counseling
- If needed, in Biblical counseling (Be open to medicating)
If you find yourself in any form of this "funk" or "junk" or actual depression, then I encourage you to seek others, trusted friends and biblical counseling and to be open for help and prayer. Look upward and reach outward. Life is too short to wait. Your life does have value. I say this because as God as my witness, I can tell you that this is truth because He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you. You have value and if you need help take action today!
Others will be blessed by you and others can even be helped by your story.
To God be the Glory!
In Part 1, I explained my departure from the church, belief in God and my worldview while I was an atheist. In Part 2 ,I explained how my new belief in science, logic and reason began to break down when faced with the real world, emotions and personal experiences. In this last section, I'll explain how I came back to Christ, really researched Christianity, the Bible and my faith and ultimately came to the conclusion that what I was really frustrated with...was religion, the modern Church and the hypocritical people who called themselves Christians.
To the outside world, Christians get lumped all together. You, Me and Jesus get lumped together with the Westboro Baptist Church, Creflo Dollar and Ted Haggard. When you or I go to invite someone to our church or share the Gospel message with them, we are contrasted with anyone bearing the name Christian who has hurt, gossiped, judged or turned their nose up at that person. It's really sad.
How have some churches and Christians departed so far from Jesus' messages and the disciples teachings to the early Church?
According to Lifeway research, "a majority of Americans believe in God but do not want to attend or be associated with a Church" because they feel that modern churches do not accurately reflect Jesus' message. Barna Group Research echoes this by stating that "a majority of non-church attending Americans believe the modern Christian Church is known more for all the negative things they are against", than the Fruit of the Spirit and Jesus' message of love.
Despite the early disciples best efforts to explain Christ's message and record it in writings, somewhere around 300 AD - the Christian Church started to implement many of the old, legalistic rules of the Temple Model back into Christianity.
The Temple Model existed before Christ and grants extraordinary power to sacred men in sacred places who determine the meaning of sacred texts and then tell followers how to live and worship God. The obvious flaw of this system is our own human fallibility and the corruption this system entails. Jesus himself cursed the hypocritical pharisees and the Temple Model of His day in Matthew 23:27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness."
Despite Jesus curses and the early disciples explicit instructions, ultimately men twisted Christ's message and used religion for their own devises for hundreds of years. The Crusades, The Inquisition, and legalistic rules added for conformity and to give power to the few.
This was once my view of God, Faith and the Church and ultimately why I left. I went to church for 20 some years and mostly heard a list of "Do's and Dont's" act a certain way, look a certain way and look down on those who sin or don't have the same beliefs as our group. Of course it's not often said explicitly but that is the perception I was given.
I know not everyone has had this same experience, but I also know that I'm not the only one who had this same experience with the Church? I hear people everyday tell me the same story but they insert their own personal details and often pain and hurt from the experience. How did we get so far off the mark?
For hundreds of years, we relied on the Temple Model of sacred men in sacred places who read the sacred texts and told us how to live and worship God.
But somewhere around 1530, William Tyndale translated the Bible into the common language - English and for the first time, encouraged followers to read the messages for themselves. How did the Church react? Tyndale was convicted of heresy and executed by strangulation, after which his body was burnt at the stake. He was threatening the power of the Temple Model.
Despite Tyndale's efforts almost 500 years ago, most Christians today are assimilated into the Church, show up on Sunday and listen to the Pastor's message but rarely pick up the Bible and read it or research it for themselves.
Don't get me wrong, there are a lot of great churches who are Bible focused and are doing a great job today in teaching people the Scriptures but I think we often miss the most basic message of Christ.
The arrival and sacrifice of Jesus signaled the end of the Temple Model and the start of something new.
Jesus showed up and threw the Temple Model out. Jesus raised the standards so high that no one could meet them except through Him. The Temple Model is a you-centered approach to faith and the heart of the Temple Model is this question: "What must I do or believe to make things and keep things right between me and God?" It's based on personal works and adherence to rules rather than faith and trust in God and works through the fruit of the spirit.
Jesus came to show us we should be other-centered, Christ-centered. Upward and Outward Focused, not Inward. Everything Christ taught is about love and truth, he taught compassion with compromising truth. He loved and showed mercy and grace to the sinner but hated sin and called us to turn away from it.
When the Early Church struggled with this very issue, Paul got so angry at people who were trying to insert the Temple Model into Christ that he wrote to the Church in Galatia - "The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love" Galatians 5:6
Forget everything else, if you miss this one - you've missed the entire point.
Instead of engaging in hundreds of rules for behavior modification and sacrifices for repentance, which is simply how to get more out of God for less obedience. With the Christ-centered model - we need to demonstrate, authenticate, and illustrate our love to God by radical service and love of other people - which in turn is obedience.
Trying to maintain the old Temple Model is no longer necessary and works ferociously against living, walking with and serving Christ.
I believe that my own struggles with faith and ultimately why I became an atheist was because I was raised in churches who unintentionally were keeping the Temple Model.
Once I broke free from this, read and researched the Bible for myself and felt the power of God's grace and love in my own life, everything changed. My attitude towards others changed.
The message is so simply. Love God, Love Others.
Christians get so caught up in theological debates, political debates and often times looking down at others that we forget Christ's most basic message.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13: 34-35
Imagine a world where people were still skeptical of Christians because of what we believe...but envious of us because of how we treated and loved others?
“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” - Yoda
As a disciple of Christ this is a very difficult subject to breach. You pick the topic and the subject and I can show you hundreds of years of conflict that has even divided Christians and religions. Turn on social media and look at all the venom and cruelty of words that are out there (some even from the church that is embarrassing to watch/read). Some of the most controversial topics are as follows:
- Relationships (husband/wife, girlfriend/boyfriend, sexual variation)
- Death Penalty
- Global Warming
- Legalization of Drugs
- Plastic Surgery
- Stem Cell Research
In the church, alone, we see each other argue over denominations, sexual orientation, baptisms (infant vs adult), politics and so on. No one person or group is exempt from controversy. The real issues are what we do when we reach conflict. How do we resolve conflict and what does God expect from us through this process. (Note: Already in some of your minds, you are saying, "No way" you don' t know what happened to me and how can you ever expect me to forgive?).
Personally, I can share numerous times when life has not been fair or when I have been made a victim. Sometimes I still think about certain events in my past and quietly long for God's vengeance of these past wrongs, but then I am humbled and reminded that I do not want this negative attitude to turn back toward me instead of the aggressors. God is everywhere at every time no matter how we try to spin that mind-blowing thought. That being said, when this God sends His only Son to die for us and pay for our sins, then how can we say that we cannot forgive?
What does Scripture have to say on this:
Romans 12:17-21 ESV Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Steps to take (in no particular order)
- James 1:19 ESV Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
- Matthew 18:15-17 ESV “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.
- Proverbs 15:1 ESV A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
- Matthew 5:9 ESV “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
- Luke 17:3 ESV Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him,
- Philippians 2:4 ESV Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.
- Colossians 3:13 ESV Bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
- Proverbs 16:7 ESV When a man's ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
- Leviticus 19:18 ESV You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
- Matthew 5:24 ESV Leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
- Ephesians 4:26 ESV Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
- Ephesians 4:31 ESV Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
As Yoda so eloquently states, Fear leads to Anger, Anger leads to Hate and Hate leads to suffering. There is so much truth in these words that I can hardly contain myself in typing this. Think about prejudices (= ignorance and misunderstanding ON BOTH SIDES - which births from fear and then anger). Think about Sexual hot topics (homosexuality, cohabitation, pornography, you pick the vice - again, this all leads to suffering). Pick your topic (being a victim = fear leads to anxiety and bitterness and then leads to anger and then suffering).
This is a big ask of all of our readers (including yours truly writing this) but think of the Author of lies and of hate (malice) and deceit - none other than that old Serpent (Lucifer, aka Satan). He is the Father of all lies and loves to tear good in half given any opportunity that God gives him. Think of those that do not know Christ (ignorance and fear which leads to anger and hate which leads to suffering) - this all happens for reasons beyond our comprehension. BUT (there is a big BUT here) there will come a time when all knees will bow and every tongue will confess and God will judge those who are not in the book of life for their transgressions (not knowing His Son) and He will judge the saints for what they have done being His stewards (of His time, talent and treasures).
What are we waiting for? Let's try to forgive as we have all been forgiven!
Thoughts? Remember fear is the path to the dark side. If God is for us, then who could possibly stand against Him?
Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. 1 Peter 3:7 ESV
I challenge you to think about this verse often. Repeat it. Memorize it. Live it. Love it. Breathe it. And when your forget it, repeat these steps again :)
These are the TOP 10 ways to build your wife up (and electrify your marriage)
1) Pray for your wife daily - ask God to guide your way and your mood and your approaching her. Remember that she is a daughter of the King. He has given you the right to be married to His daughter. It would behoove you to remember that when you meet him at the Judgement Seat of Christ that He will ask you what you did for his kingdom, how you treated His treasures (your time, talent and treasure). He will ask you how you treated your children and the least of these and how you loved and affirmed and cared for your wife (His daughter) - don't blow it!
2) Love your wife - do not withhold love from her. Love her unconditionally. Do not forget #1. Remember to kiss her, to hug her, to love her. Communicate with her and tell her you dreams and struggles, share life together. To serve her better, read 1 Corinthians 13, Ephesians 5.
3) Serve your wife - yes, you work long hours (most men do) yes, you are likely the main bread winner. Yes, the world (we think) revolves us, BUT remember to keep engaged with her. Great Men often have to pull a double shift every day. Fight for her time, attention, affection and love. Serve her, comfort her and attend her - no matter what. Even if she is a hard woman, even if she doesn't want to be loved anymore by you. Even if she doesn't return those attributes to you (be the servant leader, do not discard your duties.)
4) Read God's Word daily - the more you put God's word in your life, the more His ways center your ways, which will help you love your wife more.
5) Die to self, live for her. When you were dating your wife before marriage, you could not do anything more to please her, pursue her, and to love her - so why did you stop now or lessen this intensity. You're a man! You have talent - You can do this - Step it up! Man up! #DateYourWife
6) Sing to her- unless your voice is abysmal, then play music for her or learn the piano/guitar and serenade here just with the music or radio and a smile
7) If you are blessed to have kids with this treasure of a wife - then be a fully engaged dad. Roll up your sleeves. "Get in the game, Maverick!" (reference Top Gun). She will love you more for that - trust me and our kids desire no less.
8) Affirm her - let her know that she is wonderful, BUT together you two can be great(er)!
9) Care for her - don't talk down to her. Do not belittle her. No matter how mad she gets you, don't ever degrade her to your friends, children or family - remember whose daughter she is.
10) If you are already doing number 1 thru 9 - don't celebrate yet. As spiritual leader you have to raise up your family. You have to love, comfort and urge your wife to live a life worthy of God. Pray for her, Pray with her. Get a PhD in your wife. Even if you are not doing 1 thru 9, step 10 is the beginning and the key to igniting a pathway to God's plans for you and your marriage.
What are some of your lists?
The 10 Commandments of the Old Testament: Remember that whether you live by your own standards of life, or by the standards set forth by the living Word of God, then you have to believe that evil does not prevail. That people have to answer to a higher "source". Some call it "karma" while others call it the inherit code of law that is engraved in each one of our DNA. Whether you believe it or you don't, one thing is for sure, no question, is that everyone will have to give an account - will have to testify that there is a God. If you can read this and agree with it, then we can look at what's God's law was for those of us that are under the curse (the original sin) and remember that if we are guilty of one transgression of the law, then we are guilty of them all. Here is the list of the Old Testament:
New Living Translation
Then God gave the people all these instructions:
1. You must not have any other god but me.
2. You must not make for yourself an idol of any kind or an image of anything in the heavens or on the earth or in the sea. You must not bow down to them or worship them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not tolerate your affection for any other gods. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations of those who reject me. But I lavish unfailing love for a thousand generations on those who love me and obey my commands.
3. You must not misuse the name of the Lord your God. The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.
4. Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. You have six days each week for your ordinary work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; but on the seventh day he rested. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy.
5. Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.
6. You must not murder.
7. You must not commit adultery.
8. You must not steal.
9. You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.
10. You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.
The Commandments of Jesus: What Did Jesus Teach About the Ten Commandments?
Commandment 1 "You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve" (Mat 4:10). "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and the great commandment" (Mat 22:37). "
Commandment 2 "You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve" (Mat 4:10). "You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve" (Luke 4:8). "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth" (John 4:24).
Commandment 3 "Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men" (Mat 12:31). "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts,...blasphemies. These are the things which defile a man" (Mat 15:19-20).
Commandment 4 "What man is there among you who has one sheep, and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not lay hold of it and lift it out? Of how much more value then is a man than a sheep? Therefore, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath" (Mat 12:11-12). "And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath" (Mat 24:20); there would be no reason to pray this if the Sabbath was not going to be in existence. "And He said to them, 'The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath'" (Mk 2:27); this verse tells all who will see which day is the Lord's Day
Commandment 5 "For God commanded saying, 'Honor your father and your mother' and 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death'" (Mat 15:4). "Honor your father and your mother" (Mat 19:19). "Honor your father and your mother" (Mk 7:10). "Honor your father and your mother" (Mk 10:19). "You know the commandments:...Honor your father and your mother" (Luke 18:20).
Commandment 6 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder', and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment" (Mat 5:21-22). "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders...These are the things which defile a man" (Mat 15:19-20). "You shall not murder" (Mat 19:18). "...murders...All these evil things come from within and defile a man" (Mk 7:21,23). "Do not murder" (Mk 10:19). "You know the commandments:...Do not murder" (Luke 18:20).
Commandment 7 "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery'. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart" (Mat 5:27-28). "But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery" (Mat 5:32). "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts...adulteries, fornications...These are the things which defile a man" (Mat 15:19-20). "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery, and whoever marries her who is divorced commits adultery" (Mat 19:9). "You shall not commit adultery" (Mat 19:18). "...adulteries, fornications...All these evil things come from within and defile a man" (Mk 7:21,23). "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her. And if a woman divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery" (Mk 10:11-12). "Do not commit adultery" (Mk 10:19). "Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery; and whoever marries her who is divorced from her husband commits adultery" (Luke 16:18). "You know the commandments: Do not commit adultery" (Luke 18:20). "'Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery'...And Jesus said to her...'sin no more'" (John 8:4,11). "Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her into great tribulation" (Rev 2:22).
Commandment 8 "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts...thefts...These are the things which defile a man" (Mat 15:19-20). "You shall not steal" (Mat 19:18). "It is written, 'My house shall be called a house of prayer', but you have made it a den of thieves" (Mat 21:13). "...thefts...All these evil things come from within and defile a man" (Mk 7:22-23). "Do not steal" (Mk 10:19). "You know the commandments:... Do not steal" (Luke 18:20).
Commandment 9 "Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord. But I say to you, do not swear at all" (Mat 5:33-34). "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts...false witness...These are the things which defile a man" (Mat 15:19-20). "You shall not bear false witness" (Mat 19:18). "Do not bear false witness" (Mk 10:19). "You know the commandments:...Do not bear false witness" (Luke 18:20). "And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars" (Rev 2:2).
Commandment 10 "Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on" (Mat 6:25). "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts...These are the things which defile a man" (Mat 15:19-20). "...covetousness...All these evil things come from within and defile a man" (Mk 7:22-23).
"I have kept My Father's commandments" (John 15:10).
So it is clear that Jesus taught everyone of the ten commandments and that he also kept them.
Therefore, what did Jesus do for you? Listen to the song, again, at the beginning! Blessings, Dante