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I know I really ‘ought’ to but …

Everyone has an imperative something within which makes them say “I ought.”  Even in the most degraded specimens of humanity the “ought” is there, and the Bible tells us where it comes from – it comes from God!

The modern tendency is to leave God out and make our standard what is most useful to society.  The utilitarian says that these distinct laws of conduct have been evolved by society for the benefit of society – the greatest use to the greatest number.

That is NOT the reason that is thing is right; the reason a thing is right is that God is behind it.

God’s “oughts” never alter; we never grow out of them.  Our difficulty is that we find in ourselves this attitude – “I ought to do this, but I won’t”; “I ought to do that, but I don’t want to.”

That puts out of court the idea that if you teach people what is right they will do it – they won’t; what is needed is a power which will enable a person to do what he or she knows is right!

We may say, “Oh I won’t count this time,” but every bit of moral wrong is counted by God.  The moral law exerts no coercion, neither does it allow any compromise.

“For whosoever keeps the Law [as a] whole but stumbles and offends in one [single instance] has become guilty of [breaking] all of it.l”. (James 2:10 – AMPLIFIED)

“You can’t pick and choose in these things, specializing in keeping one or two things in God’s law and ignoring others. The same God who said, “Don’t commit adultery,” also said, “Don’t murder.” If you don’t commit adultery but go ahead and murder, do you think your non-adultery will cancel out your murder? No, you’re a murderer, period.”  (James 2:10 – MESSAGE) When we realise this we see why it was necessary for Jesus to come.  The redemption is the reality which alters inability into ability!

Oswald Chambers

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