The “Do-Not” List

The Do-Not List


I have often heard it said that being a Christian is just living by a bunch of rules of what you can’t do.  How wrong are the individuals who believe that!  I looked up a bunch of scriptures that say “DO NOT.”  After pondering on them, it is very easy to see that the same loving God who put these in His Word only did it for OUR good.  He wants us to live life abundantly, and in the abundance, there are boundaries.  God even had a boundary in the Garden of Eden, and it was for their good.  Ps. 16:6 says that the boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.  (NIV)


Mt. 6:1  Do not do your acts of righteousness to be seen by men.  If you do, you’ll receive no rewards for it in heaven.

Romans 6:12-13 Do not let sin reign in your mortal body.  Do not offer parts of your body to sin.

Rom. 12:2 Do not conform to the patterns of this world.

Rom. 12:16 Do not be proud.  Do not be conceited.

Rom. 12:17 Do not repay evil for evil.

Rom. 12:21 Do not be overcome by evil.

Rom. 13:14 Do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

Eph. 4:29-30 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth.  Do not grieve the Spirit.

Phil. 4:6 Do not be anxious about anything.

Col. 3:9 Do not lie to each other.

I Th. 5:19 Do not put out the Spirit’s fire.

II Tim. 2:23 Do not have anything to do with foolish arguments because they produce quarrels.

Ex. 20:3 Do not have other gods before the Lord God.

Ex. 20:4 Do not make an idol in any form.

Ex. 20:7 Do not misuse God’s name.

Ex. 20:13 Do not murder.  (Don’t forget that with our mouths, we can often murder a reputation.)

Ex. 20:14 Do not commit adultery.  (Don’t forget that Jesus said that if we even look upon someone with lust, that it’s the same as having committed adultery.)

Ex. 20:15 Do not steal.  (This includes even taking a pen home from work.)

Ex. 20:16 Do not bear false witness.  (This could easily include gossip.  How many times are things said that aren’t really true?)

Ex. 20:17 Do not covet.

Prov. 3:3 Do not let love and faithfulness leave you.

Prov. 3:5 Do not lean on your own understanding.

Prov. 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes.

Prov. 3:11 Do not despise the Lord’s chastening.

Prov. 3:27 Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to act.

Prov. 4:6 Do not forsake wisdom.

Prov. 4:21 Do not let God’s Word out of your sight.


Father, help us to always know that any boundaries which you place before us are only for our good.  Help us to make the choice not to step outside of those boundaries, but to see the abundant life that can be ours when we stay in those boundaries – Boundaries that You created out of Your great love for us.  Amen.


© 2003, Stacy R Miller


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Adrian Alexander
    Jun 23, 2014 @ 12:18:09

    Thank you for reminding us that boundaries are good. They’re there to protect us and not harm us.


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