Why do people hate the church, but not Christ? Do we give them a wrong impression of what Christ wants?
7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. Pr 3:7
Many people would take this verse to say, “Adhere strictly to what the Bible says and you’ll be okay.” But this mindset allows for too much personal interpretation of the Scriptures and is the reason for so many different churches and denominations. So, how Should we view it?
Let’s take a step back in our reasoning. We have been given the Spirit to “guide us into all truth” and to “remind us of all Jesus’s words.”
13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. Jn 16:13
26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Jn 14:26
Jesus uses His word to teach us all things, but don’t miss the importance of His voice in the pages. HE is the ONE who interprets for us. HE is the ONE who gets to tell us the what and how, the where and when, and maybe why (but probably not).
Jesus gave us one overriding command to love each other even as He loves us.
12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Jn 15:12
Everything is wrapped around this single command. He will make it all work for His glory and for our good. Let’s forget about enforcing our opinion on what God wants and likes, and then step back and allow Him to love through us today.
In my opinion, John 15:17 says, “Do you trust me? Love each other.”