God Isn't An Excuse

"But God said!"

I've heard people use God to justify their actions on more than one occasion.
"God wants me to be happy."
"But's that's what the Bible says," while brow beating one verse of the Bible into someone.
"This is what God told me to do."

There can be some truth to each of these statements.  But they are NOT reasons to force your will on someone.

Proverbs 21:2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.

Using God to justify your actions and make someone do what YOU want them to do isn't treating that someone with love.  It's called manipulation.  That isn't fair.  

"God wants me to be happy."  Says the spouse who is asking for a divorce.  FYI - God's goal for your life is joy, not happiness.  Do you think that everything the patriarchs, prophets, and apostles went through made them "happy?"

"But's that's what the Bible says," while brow beating one verse of the Bible into someone.
I knew a wife who use to quote this verse to her husband.  He was having trouble getting a job.  2 Thess. 3:10b If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.  So if he didn't have a job, she wouldn't cook for him.  WRONG.

"This is what God told me to do."
Well, how can you argue with that?  If you do then you look like a sacrilegious heel for it.  But I've heard people quote this to me and then look at me funny when I quote the Bible refuting what they think they have heard.  God will never contradict Himself.

Don't use God to offend someone for your own self-justification.  Be honest and tell the truth. Most people are willing to accept it and work through it.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, I want to live my life to honor you.  Help me have the best relationship possible with everyone around me.  AMEN  

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