You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. (Exodus 20:4)

The Bible is filled with instructions telling us what we should do for a good life and to be in God's will for our lives. In the Old Testament we are provided with numerous “shall nots” such as those in the Ten Commandments. The New Testament also provides us with “shall nots,” with the following providing some always appropriate examples:

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead be filled with the Spirit. (Ephesians 5:18)

In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a stronghold. (Ephesians 5:26-27)

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. (Romans 12:17)

Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath. (Romans 12: 19)

These examples are helpful for everyone, but the Christian especially. The times are such as to tempt us to lash out or tune out and God tells us that we are not to do that. We are to remember to trust in Him instead!

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