Here is a well known double ‘do not’ in Ephesians 4:26. “Be angry, and do not sin: do not let the sun go down on your wrath.” If you go to bed angry, you will get up angry. It is a heart issue that needs to be resolved with forgiveness.
The 10 commandments are a list of do nots. They are character monitors. The beatitudes help us understand the Lord’s way, so they are the ‘do’s to follow.
Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” Verses 8-11 continue to speak of the power of His word worked into our lives: rejoicing the heart, enlightening the eyes, they produce the fear of the Lord, explain His judgments. They are more desirable than all riches, sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. They warn us.
Therefore it is essential that we make the daily reading of His word our priority. It is not enough to just read, but to observe so we can implement His instruction. His word is applicable to every aspect of our lives.
I’m proofing “Victorious Living: more than a conqueror.” Last night I read this: as we work His word into the fabric of our heart, it secures us when faced with strife. Strife is an evil invitation to enter the fray. Do not let that happen. Immediately arm your mind with truth.
We have the resources. We are not left without recourse. The Holy Spirit will lead us into the truth we need to navigate successfully through today’s challenges. Trust Him and follow with a humble heart.