Have you ever been in a situation where your actions or words were negatively misinterpreted ? Most of us have been there and it’s not a pretty place to be. So, what happened? Why was the misinterpretation allowed to run rampant and create ill feelings?
Let’s talk about what misinterpretation is. It means to misunderstand what is being said or done. A synonym is to misjudge and that means to make a judgment before all the facts are in. And that leads to misinterpretation. As someone once said, jumping to conclusions is the only exercise some people get!
So, how do we get around this? A lot of hurt feelings can be avoided if we take the time to get all the facts before letting our emotions run ahead of us.
I recall a time I was with a group of Christians and we were discussing the scriptures. A statement came up that I disagreed with because it was contrary to God’s Word. When I stated my disagreement, I used the Word to show what God had to say about it.
Now, you’d think everyone would have been delighted that I pointed out the truth of God’s Word to enlighten them but not so! They didn’t agree with what God said, nor with what I said. Instead, they chose to keep their misinterpretation of the Word and believe the way they always believed – right or wrong!
Jesus said that if you continue in His Word, you would know the truth and the truth would make you free.
John 8:31-32 (KJV) 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
You see, it’s only the truth that you know and walk in that will make you free. And if you’re a disciple of Jesus, you should want to know His truth – His Word.
Misinterpreting something will keep you in bondage because it conceals the truth. And without the truth of God’s Word, you can’t be set free!
God’s Word is our guide to lead us along the right path. Every Word of God has enough inherent power (dunamis) to cause itself to come to pass. Our part is to believe it, speak it in faith, and reap the results!
Praise the Lord for His magnificent gift to us!
Psalm 119:105 (KJV) 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.
Isaiah 55:11 (KJV) 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
1 John 5:14-15 (KJV) 14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:
15 And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.