I heard a story about a friend of the bride who was not able to attend the wedding, so he sent a card of greeting which was read at the reception after the ceremony. It should have included the reference 1 John 4:18 – “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” However the “1” was accidentally omitted. So a Bible was fetched and the best man read out the verse on the card – John 4:18, “The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband.”
Scripture is meaningful, but only when it is used appropriately. Satan used scripture while trying to tempt Jesus, but Jesus was able to recognize that the verses he used were quoted out of context.
When used properly, though, the Word of God “is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness. That the man of God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).
Peter says that there are some who “wrest [or, twist], as they do other scriptures, unto their own destruction” (2 Pt. 3:16). We must always use Scripture carefully and appropriately as God intended.
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Park Heights church of Christ
P. O. Box 107
Hamilton, Texas 76531