No More; No Less
October 16, 2012
Recently I was reading about how easy it is to mishandle the message of the Bible. We may try to make it support what we already believe is true instead of allowing it to speak to us with Godís intended message. Some people use the Bible to defend one side of an issue, while others use the Bible to attack that same issue. Both quote Scripture to support their views, but both canít be right.
It is important as we use Godís Word that we are committed to saying no more and no less than the Scriptures actually say. If we mishandle the Word, we misrepresent it, which ultimately misrepresents Godís character. This is why Paul challenged Timothy, ďBe diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truthĒ (2 Tim. 2:15). A key priority for unashamed, approved workers for Christ is to accurately interpret (ďrightly divideĒ) Godís Word. As we study, we can depend on the Spirit, who inspired it, to give us understanding and wisdom.
Through our words and actions, we have opportunity to represent Godís Word in ways that genuinely reflect Godís heart. That is one of the greatest privileges of the Christian life.
Father, thank You for giving us Your Word to guide our lives. May we give it the serious care and handling it so richly deserves, and may we live it out daily through our actions and attitudes. Amen.
Godís Wordóhandle with care.