Good Morning ole man, as for Psalms, I read 2 or 3 pages before doing my Bible reading, trusting that somewhere either in Psalms or my other reading God will open my heart to a blessing of understanding.....I suppose I just have an attitude, which I am working on, but as soon as someone says--"well I think:---I see someones opinion, when I read things somewhere along the line I see the writer's opinion. Like I said I have an attitude which I am working on....but, My lovely bride & I know a lady who wrote Sunday school literature , then ran off with a Baptist preacher to N.C. with each other, both leaving behind families.,I know a Methodist preacher whose wife was having an affair, he drove to UVA college and blew his brains out, I had a past minister who one day stood in the pulpit and said--_I am using this Scripture and I know well that many will disagree", the preceded to preach again the war in the Middle East, Scripture had no place here or bearing on subject a hand, I'll not go, but I had to leave as all was his opinion, then in Sunday school the quarterly was based on the writers thoughts not printed Scripture, & I could go.
Back years ago I spoke seriously with God concerning my attitude, I seriously prayed for wisdom & understanding, In all honesty wisdom & understanding did come to me, not just when I ask, maybe days or weeks later, but understanding did come.....Now I never pray to prove a point, I never pray to find another in the wrong, "I PRAY FOR WHY I DO NOT UNDERSTAND AND GOD TO ALLOW THE HOLY SPIRIT TO TEACH ME"-------I have had people tell me that so & so said ____ & people tell me they read _____-----I can only answer---"should I get to heaven and be ask why this or that, I can in all honesty say this was my understanding from the Apostles writing," I would love to say also from the prophets, but I am dumb as a rock when it comes to those guys----I sort of understand Isaiah and a few of the other major prophets ...but jump over to Haggai & that bunch---I am lost....In my heart of hearts I 100% believe that "IF" I believe that I am being led by the Holy Spirit I am on safe ground, however I am always open to other's thoughts...I do not mind someone disagreeing with me, but the Holy Spirit in the end it is what the Holy Spirit says.
Now may I, before someone thinks I am narrow minded, thick or dense ----do not look at me being wrong, I suggest you use you Bible, God's word, and do as I---ask why you do not understand and ask to be led by the Holy Spirit. I treasure other's thoughts, I learn a lot from discussion, discussion makes me search the Scripture for the truth. I always try to remember that each of us is at a different place in our Spiritual journey, IMO, we respect those who further down the road, then we have to be patient with those traveling the road behind us and certainly have to tread very softly with new folks in Christ, we would never want our words or actions to drive someone from Christ
WOW!!! I had to stop writing, because a person very close to me is going through a very stressful situation at work which has led to issues at home and all this issue is right into this post door......