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Weapons of War

“When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.”

This is the synopsis of the movie “Saved!” In one scene, the school’s queen bee literally throws a Bible at someone who needs saving. It’s easy to laugh at her over-the-top religious stereotype, but if we’re not careful, we can easily become the hypocritical characters this movie mocks.

Ecclesiastes 9:18 is one sentence, but it carries a grave warning: “Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.”

Knowing the Word of God and obeying it is one way we show Christ to others. But the Bible is not a weapon to be thrown, literally or figuratively, at those who don’t believe. When we use God’s Word to tear others down, righteousness turns into sin. And sin doesn’t just affect us. Our self-righteousness behavior can destroy the good work of others by giving this world an inaccurate picture of what it means to know Christ.

There’s a fine line between encouraging and spurring someone and behaving in a way that is patronizing and legalistic. When we aren’t showing Christ’s love, God will let us know. That experience can be painful and humbling, but it always draws us closer to Him.

Instead of allowing ourselves get to that place, let’s remember God’s wisdom, humbly repent of our sin, thank Him for His gift of grace and show that grace to others. Because love and grace always do more good than weapons of war.

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