On a soccer team, there are different types of players. Defenders are usually strong and tough and think defensively, their goal is to defend.
Offensive players are quick and aggressive and look for creative ways to attack and score goals. Midfielders are a little of both. They concentrate on passing and the total game.
In the same way, different personalities may “interpret” scriptures differently. Some put an emphasize on the love of Jesus, others tend to emphasize advancing God’s Kingdom. Both views are right and good. The scriptures give room for interpretation. The Lord designed the Word that way.
2 TIMOTHY 3:16-17, NIV16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work
When we interpret situations, words and ideas we do that through our own perspective. It is good to understand where your perspective comes from and what things go into your interpretation of God’s Word.
Take a few minutes and consider your own beliefs. Write down what you believe the Bible is. Write down what you learned about God when you were a little child. Write down what your family or church taught you about God.
Do you think there are different ways, other than your own perspective to understand God’s Word? How do people see the Bible different than you? Have you ever disagreed about what the Bible means with someone else?
“God, thank you for the different ideas, experiences and perspectives that people bring to your Word. Holy Spirit give me humility and help me to understand your Word. Amen.”