How do we use scripture? Do we hunt and peck for verses to suit our own purpose? To rationalize what we want to believe? Or, do we try to rightly divide the written word? Do we use scripture to make others feel guilty? Or, ourselves more righteous?
To use scripture with loving intent is decent and right. To hold another above yourself is honorable.
Hurling scripture at someone purely for the sake of making them feel less than the person they are is ruthless. The manner in which it flows from your lips is an indicator of where your heart lies. No one is obligated to give audience to a recital of scripture that is fueled in anger and hatred. When that happens to me, and it has, I raise my shield…
The Whole Armor of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.
16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;
17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
Put on the whole armor of God. The battle is real. Use scripture in love and solely for God’s purpose. ♥️