As Christians, we believe so many different things about what God’s Word is really saying. The way we personally interpret various parts of it differs greatly. Have you ever stopped to consider this – What do your beliefs say about God? Who do they make Him out to be? How do they cause Him to appear to those around you?
Do your beliefs make God seem like who He really is, or someone that He is not? Is it possible that in your zeal and enthusiasm, you may be painting a picture of God that reveals something other than His true colors?
If you were honest with yourself, how do your beliefs portray God? As the loving, gracious, and forgiving Heavenly Father that He is? Or do they portray Him as more of a cold and distant Sovereign, a harsh and stern Judge, ready to condemn all who are even remotely deserving, or an avenging Ruler who strikes down those who dare to arose His wrath?
If your beliefs tend to represent Him more like the latter, how can you possibly expect anyone around you to want anything to do with Him? And how can you expect to ever really get close to Him yourself?
The truth is, some of our beliefs represent God very poorly, and reflect on Him in a very negative way. This can have a crippling effect on our relationship with Him, and make it difficult for others to want to come to Him.
Let’s stop believing in a manner that portrays God negatively. Let’s not allow our beliefs to undermine an understanding of His love, goodness, or grace.
What do your beliefs say about God? What kind of a picture do they paint of Him? How does this impact yourself, and those around you?