“If you wish to be godly, associate with godly people. If you have a heart for evangelism, spend time with those doing it. If you wish to think biblically, spend time with those who have the same desire.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“For we write you nothing but what you can read and understand; I hope you will understand fully.” 2 Corinthians 1:13
How do you refute the false accusations of those who say that your motives are impure? There is so much dishonesty and manipulation in the world that you tend to look for hidden meanings and ulterior motives in what others say, and they do the same with you. People don’t know how to respond to those who show genuine interest and love.
Paul expressed frustration to the Corinthians because they doubted his sincerity and integrity. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul asserts that his conversation and behavior were no different from his correspondence. His only rebuttal is an appeal to his conscience, calling God as witness and judge. They did not have to read between the lines to decipher his meaning; it lay on the surface and could be easily understood by a simple reading of the text. For the Corinthian believers to try to read into what Paul wrote, more than the words themselves allowed, called into question his motives.
You must be careful that you do not emulate the Corinthians when reading the Bible. You should read and study God’s Word like you read the morning newspaper. The context gives you the meaning of the words. Let the text make its case. Don’t try and be cleaver by seeing any more or less in the passage than what the words warrant.
1 Kings 19-20 Luke 23:1-25 (New King James Version)
1 Kings 19-20
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