Posts Tagged ‘wrong’

The theology of blessings alienates people that are struggling. Whether it is health, financial, emotional, relational or any other difficulty beyond our control, this belief excludes us when times are tough. The wake of damage this idea leaves behind is staggering.

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Is that it couldn’t be more wrong.

Most of us can agree that if we do good, kind, loving things in order to please men, we’re missing something. But is it much different if we do those same things for the purpose of being personally rewarded in Heaven?

Whatever you believe makes you, your church, your philosophy, your career or anything else for that matter superior to others… is just wrong.

God is bigger than everything! There is nothing He fears. We get hung up on the smallest things, we’re afraid of other’s beliefs or questions and rather than listen and love in truth, we browbeat and declare righteousness. Being right and truth are not necessarily the same thing.

Someone else’s poor decision, bad behavior or mistake is not an excuse for you to make a bad choice, do the wrong thing or act out.

Having to be right is deeply rooted in insecurity. When you’re sure, it’s not important that everyone knows you’re correct.

This means that God is incapable of sin. God’s impeccability is closely tied to His holiness and as they all do, plays a part in each of His characteristics. The implications of this attribute are huge for us. The peace we can rest in knowing that when bad things happen to us they’re not from God is enormously comforting and helps us understand the freedom God intends for us. He’s not up there waiting to smite us when we make the wrong move. He doesn’t react out of anger towards us ever and He doesn’t want us to live our lives in fear.

The next verse in this passage has set the tone for how we view God and there is a good chance we’ve had it wrong. “…which I commanded that you should not eat”, can easily be translated as, “which I gave you not to eat” or “which I put there for you not to eat”. Have we assumed that God’s tone towards Adam was harsh here because of Adam’s response?

God is more concerned with how and why we do things than He is with what we do. We unfortunately put more emphasis on what. There are numbers of actions or activities that we engage in that look great to the world around us but if we are doing them to bring glory to ourselves they are as wrong as doing something that everyone recognizes as bad.