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God gave us the commandments as a shield for us from pain and suffering. The law has very practical value in this world. God’s commandments are good (Romans 7:12). And it will always go better for us and for others in the long run if we obey God. For example, consider the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1–17). What would society be like without these principles? Aren’t you glad that God has commanded that no one is allowed to murder you? Of course, people don’t always obey God’s law. And that always causes problems. In fact, every problem our society faces can be traced back to disobedience to God’s law.
How different would our world be if everyone obeyed God’s commandments perfectly? Since there would be no theft, there would be no need for locks on doors. You would never have to worry about misplacing your keys—homes would have no locks. There would be no police for security, yet everyone would be perfectly safe. Written contracts would be unnecessary since no one would ever lie. The list goes on. Sadly, the world in which we live falls short from God’s ideal standard.
God’s law was given for our benefit.
Bu not one soul can ever keep one of those Ten Commandments in human power alone, but all of them may be kept through the enabling strength of Jesus. Having conquered the devil, showing that in the flesh the law can be obeyed, Christ now offers to come into our hearts and share the victory with us. Only by His strength and indwelling power can the requirements of the law be fulfilled by anyone. Paul declares triumphantly, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13).
In His service,