<<permit, tolerate>>

We are responsible to clarify what is acceptable behavior in our lives and the lives of those we care for. We should establish clear boundaries, explaining and reinforcing the guidelines to those involved so all parties are clear about what is permissible and what is not. Young children, especially, need to know what is acceptable. They feel secure and safe when there are clearly defined rules with those in authority setting a good example. Address any violation of the standards quickly and firmly with consistent correction. Don’t turn a blind eye towards something that should be exposed to the light.

What we allow or tolerate in moderation, the next generation will abuse in excess. The restraints of the past are continually being challenged and relaxed. There is increasing pressure to compromise by yielding to falling standards. However, the numerous commands and principles of Scripture

Do I know and live inside what God clearly allows or do I push the boundaries?

are not up for negotiation. Individuals and society break or permit compromise to their own detriment. The blueprint for God-honouring living includes the 10 commandments, the teachings of Jesus and the NT writers besides the insight of Proverbs. Much of the Bibles wisdom and common sense is being discarded as people do what feels good regardless of the consequences, which they will ultimately face. Why would anyone want to live with the regret that rebellion produces by ignoring what they know deep within is the truth?

The question is asked, 'if God is so powerful why does He allow evil things to happen?' God is capable of preventing evil from happening and is grieved at the way we sinful people live in rebellion to His righteous ways. If He changed everyone's personalities so we couldn't sin this would deny us the freewill to choose to love Him or resist His right to rule our live. This would prevent any meaningful relationship between Him and us His creation. He gives us the liberty to choose good or evil actions. When we choose evil, He allows us and those around us to suffer the consequences of evil which include injustice and seemingly senseless suffering.

God always has a reason for what He does and allows. Even when we don't understand His purpose we must remember God is good, just, loving and merciful (Ps 135:3). So instead of doubting His goodness, our response should be to trust Him as we walk by faith, not by sight (Prov 3:5,6; 2 Cor 5:7). As believers rather than blaming God and questioning why He doesn't prevent evil from happening we should be proclaiming the cure for evil and its devastating consequences – Jesus Christ.

See also: boundaries, compromise, consequences, correction, freewill, permission, rebellion, response, rules, tolerate, why.