“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)
I was listening to the radio while getting ready for work the other morning. A song had just ended and the radio host began talking. He then shared a saying I’d never heard before. “You cannot be thankful and unhappy at the same time.” It sounded nice and I understood the message it was trying to convey, but was it really true?
The memory of me standing beside the bed of my best friend came to mind. She was dying and I knew her time was near. When she went to be with the Lord the next morning, I was very thankful she was no longer suffering, but I was also unhappy that she would no longer be in my life.
These feel-good sayings are often shared immediately after coming across them and without much thought given to them. Sometimes Christians do the same with Bible verses. They are unaware that the popular scripture verse they just heard and passed on to others has actually been taken out of context.
My sister proved this case in point to me a few years ago. She said she would often hear others paraphrase 1 Corinthians 10:13 incorrectly by saying that, “God will never give us more than we are able to handle.” I’ve heard this as well and have never given it a second thought, because isn’t that what the verse says?
“The scripture is talking about temptation,” she went on to explain. “The verse actually says God “will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able. (NKJV)”
Hmmm . . . Big difference!
My friends, don’t be hasty to believe every “Christian” thing you read or hear. Get into God’s Word yourself and see what it really says. Be diligent to study and memorize scriptures correctly before sharing them with others.
Prayer: Lord, teach us to handle your Word with great care so that others may be changed upon hearing the truths from your Word. Amen.