As we noted earlier this week, the Bible is God’s word for us to know Him, be loved by (and to love) Him, and to show and share that love for His other creations, our brothers and sisters worldwide. We cannot improve upon His word. We should not try - ever (God is quite clear on this). His word really IS enough for us in our lives, and in the lives of our families, friends, colleagues, neighbors, communities, and world. We should rest in Jesus, and show others they can do the same. There’s no higher purpose.
Questions for further thought:
1. Do we, ourselves, often “add” things in the Bible to suit our purposes or wishes, etc?
2. Do we add things that we “thought” we had from pastors or sermons or import famous sayings from famous people in history, and call it God’s word (however inadvertently)?
Challenge: Let’s remember to “not go beyond the text” and, in interpreting Scripture and trying to live by it, we allow Scripture to interpret Scripture (exigesis) and nothing else. If we have questions about God’s word, let’s remember to ask our Pastors and church leaders, or pray that God Himself would answer what He means by anything in Scripture. God does not want us confused at all. Pray that we seek His guidance in all things but especially concerning His Holy Word for us. Amen.
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