Written Right and Wrong


31 “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts.”

The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (2001). (Je 31:31–33). Wheaton: Standard Bible Society.

The need for the stone tablets on which the ten commandments were carved is no more. Those laws are now written on our hearts. There is, though some dispute it, universal and true morality. There is a real right and there is a real wrong.

We know not to murder. We know not to steal. These are God’s laws and we know them. Children know what they should and should not do from an early age without parents having to tell them. Toddlers are not going to lie. It takes time to figure that out. God’s law is written on everyone’s heart. It is only as we grow older and deal with the world more that we repress the whisper of the Holy Spirit and ignore what God has said.

As Paul writes in Romans 1:28, “And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.” When we push out God, we begin to cover up what he has written on our hearts. But it is there nonetheless.

What this means for us is simple. We should spend time in God’s word. We should spend time meditating on God’s word. Within families, we should have our children spend time in prayer and with God’s word. The sooner a child realizes that God’s word is within them, the harder it will be for them to drift away. Parents, we have a responsibility to our children. God has written his law on all our hearts and it must be for us to help our children understand it.

But don’t worry, God is with you.

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Erick Erickson
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