It’s very easy to hear or see something on media and make a quick assessment of it’s validity; I’ve been culpable of this myself. However, we have a filter and The Truth to analyze and determine if we should believe it or not — The Word of God.
The Bible is the Word of God. Period. And, yes, not every single topic and subject is comprehensively explored in the scriptures, but we can see the heart of the Father and know His nature in them.
For a while there was a fad going through the body of Christ — WWJD, or “What Would Jesus Do?” Not a bad way of thinking, but I feel it still leaves a little to be desired. What about, “How can I express the heart of Christ in this situation?” or, “If the Spirit is living in me, how should I respond in a manner that would reflect Him?”
Most of the time and in most situations, I simply respond — usually in the natural — without thinking through any of the spiritual ramifications. I’m not some “super-spiritual” “always loving and kind” person, though I’m in the process of being changed to His image daily. (2 Cor.3:18) We’re all in process. But imagine for a moment if I took the time to think things through rather than quickly responding (or judging).
Thinking it through was exactly what Jesus did in John chapter 8 when a woman caught in adultery was brought before Him. He didn’t abruptly respond, but He bent down and wrote on the ground, taking a moment to check in with His Father and wait upon His Word. Now if only I could remember to do this! (sigh)
It’s so easy for me to jump on the bandwagon and run with the pack whether it be in favor of something or against it. But Jesus wasn’t in a hurry. He took the time to wait and listen. He took the time to come apart from others and spend time with His Father, alone. He found time to play, laugh, heal, eat, and pray.
So my dear reader, I encourage you (and myself) to take time. Take time to think it through, whatever “it” may be. Filter it through the Word of God; analyze it in the Light of His nature and character. Be a modern-day Berean and see if these things be true or not, then try to react in such a way that expresses the love of God. You never know what may happen. I’m gonna try.