Proverbs 3:7 says “Do not be wise in your own eyes”.

When we encourage people with the Bible, it won’t help them unless they see us applying it to ourselves as well. If we ourselves won’t accept the Bible’s authority in our own lives – with integrity, applying it to ourselves as well as those we want to exhort – we are simply hypocrites. People aren’t stupid, and can spot a phonie a mile away.

When you read the Bible, are you looking for a guide, or just an ally to support the ideas you’ve already made up your mind about?