A lot of people see the Bible as a “don’t book”. There are so many things we are told not to do:

Don’t steal.

Don’t kill.

Don’t envy.

Don’t make vows.

Don’t be the surety for a friend.

And on and on it goes. It sometimes gets to the point where even those who are charged with the spreading of the Good News become tangled up with the don’ts. How often do we think of the things that the Bible gives us permission to do?

Serve God.

Pray without ceasing.

Give generously.

Have faith.

Ask for what you want.

Love your neighbour.

Love yourself.

Is it possible that if we saw the Bible as a Book of Do’s that we would be better witnesses for Christ?

James tells us that we should be doers of the word and not hearers only. That’s what Jesus did while he was on earth and that’s the main reason why he had such a powerful testimony. If you spend some time studying the teachings of Christ, you will find that he handles the word of God as a teacher would. His main purpose was to illustrate the truth in a way that his hearers could easily relate to so that it would be easier for them to obey.

On the other hand, the scribes and Pharisees used the word of God as a weapon. They used God’s word to highlight all the things that the people were doing wrong. Instead of grace, they highlighted punishment. Instead of love, they exaggerated justice.

When we use the word of God as the Pharisees did, it’s no wonder that the world looks at Christians with distrust and disdain. Why should they want to be a part of a group that serves a God whose sole purpose to criticise and to chastise?

How are you handling the word of God? If you were to answer the question, what would your response be? Messenger of Hope or Harbinger of Death?

We love to read the encouraging words of our Savior but how good are we at delivering them? Do we believe that the Bible is a “don’t book”? Or do we see the freedom that is offered there? How does thinking of the Bible as a book of freedom change the way you interact with it? How will it affect your witness?