Stop dismissing good prohibitions

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I was writing class material the other day for my Proverbs class when something came up I wanted to write about here. Look at this in Proverbs chapter three:

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
    when it is in your power to do it.

28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
    tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
29 Do not plan evil against your neighbor,
    who dwells trustingly beside you.
30 Do not contend with a man for no reason,
    when he has done you no harm.
31 Do not envy a man of violence
    and do not choose any of his ways,
32 for the devious person is an abomination to the Lord,
    but the upright are in his confidence.

I made this point. We may have an ingrained and perhaps exaggerated hold on personal liberty. There is that voice we may hear in our heads or from others: Nobody will tell me I can’t do this!!

Yet in moments of calm sanity, we know that legitimate prohibitions are for our safety, good order in society and life. There is the Stop Sign. That is a prohibition. Don’t keep going. Stop. We understand the value of that prohibitions.

The Word of God contains many prohibitions. God isn’t keeping us from anything we need or should be entitled to! The prohibitions in His Word are for our good, our spiritual safety and the good of others – all to His glory.  

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