I have heard this verse misquoted and misused more than any other Bible verse. The portion stating, “to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” is left off. Consequently, this verse’s application, “for anybody in any situation” is incorrect.
It always comes down to our choices. (Our choices as a Christian are limited. If sin is in view, our choice is to rebuke the tempter and turn away. Our only correct choice is to always select the right way, the truth.)
Regarding unbelievers: our choice is to assure them, through the Gospel, that they repent and find they “are the called according to his purpose.” We then can quote the complete verse and assure them that regardless of the trials in their lives, everything will eventually “work together for good to them that love God.”
As a Christian, I know we all intend good. Yet, in our pursuits to satisfy God there are times we fail. We need to look at our lives and do a personal checkup as to our Salvation.
If we truly want and desire to “draw near” to God, we must meet His Requirements. It must be with a “true heart,” a sincere honest heart. We must also have an assurance that we are doing His Will in Faith, a Faith that states “I believe without doubt.” We also must rid ourselves of that evilness we harbor, (bitterness, hatred, anger...etc., within our hearts and mind,) this being done as if we had washed our minds of all the filth with pure water.
We will fail, however, we must not use this knowledge to keep us from trying, because “we know that all things work together for good to them that love God,” and our efforts are “a good thing.” To use an “over used” shoe commercial, “Just Do It.”
Bro John R. E Chastain
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