“in your heart.” The words of God are to be “in (or “on”) your heart,” that is, they are to be so well known that they are more than just memorized by mechanical repetition, although that is often a good start, but also they are to be understood to the end that they make sense as the foundation and guiding principles of one’s life. God loves people, His creation, and His words to us are an expression of that love. However, many people think and act as if God’s commands are restrictive and oppressive, but that only shows that many people are self-willed, prideful, and defiant towards God. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus clearly demonstrated what godly humility looks like: “Not my will but your [God’s] will be done.” Each person must decide who is the most important one in their life. The right choice is always God. As our Creator, He deserves first place in our lives, but more than that He is also the One who can grant us everlasting life. God creates and sets up the rules: everlasting life or everlasting death. We have the privilege of making the choice.
Sadly, many people who think they are following God and have memorized and learned what they think are God’s commandments but they have actually only learned the commandments of other humans. Since Genesis people have been making up rules for others to follow, and historically many leaders have been successful in passing off their doctrines as the commandments of God. Jesus spoke about that and said to the religious leaders of his time, “And he [Jesus] said to them [the religious leaders], ‘Isaiah prophesied rightly of you hypocrites, as it is written, The People honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they show devotion to me, teaching as their doctrines the commandments of men. You leave the commandment of God, and hold on firmly to the tradition of men.’ And he said to them, ‘You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition...thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you are doing many things like that’” (Mark 7:6-9, 13). People are responsible to do their best to make sure that the commandments they follow are indeed the commandments of God and not just human tradition.