Mean what you say~

Posted: July 16, 2013 in Just Me
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Wait! I bet I have a Bible verse to emphasize that title. From the get-go, you should know that the title may be a little deceiving. Not in a mean way but a play on words maybe? While searching God’s Word this morning to find the depth of a verse, I ran across a very good point, being made about us Christians. Really, it was about anyone who uses a verse to emphasize a point but it doesn’t really mean exactly what we wanted in it’s original context. For example: Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.” Ok, most of us would take just the first part and use it to mean “think it, be it!” So, it’d be great for teaching someone to be careful what they think or they might become exactly that or think more positively so they become more positive. All in all, that’s not a bad way of thinking. But the article I read emphasized how we can use verses incorrectly to emphasize our point. He isn’t saying we’re wrong about the point, just wrong about the context of the verse. His concern is that if we get in the habit of doing that then we not only miss the true intent of that specific verse and it’s lesson but that if we do it in these lesser instances then we will be apt to continue in the instances where the consequences are more severe.
My point in this blog is not to copy his article but to re-emphasize the importance of his purpose and to remind myself not to take this lightly. Don’t feel bad if you do this – we all do – more accidentally than on purpose. But, as he points out, we need to get out of that habit. It’s so easy to want to make a point and then back it up by scripture but if we’re not sure of the context of that scripture then we need to delve deeper to be sure we’re accurately applying God’s Word to our words and thoughts. There’s a lot to be said for digging deeper into God’s Word so this isn’t a bad thing at all!
(http://userwww.service.emory.edu/~cmadd01/thinketh.html)

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