The Bible spans thousands of years and speaks to different seasons, circumstances, government systems, etc, etc. It is a vast piece of literature. Because it is so vast, you can isolate a scripture to prove just about any point you want.
I can find scriptures that point to needing to work harder and scriptures that say rest.
I can find scripture that tell me to save money, and scriptures that say give it all away.
I can find scripture that tells me to forgive someone who has sinned and scriptures that tell me to kick the sinner out of the church.
Sometimes as a reader, I can get confused. Am I suppose to work harder or Abide? The resolve of the tension of all these seemingly different perspectives are found in your heart.
There are times when I need to work harder because my heart is lazy. There are times when I need to rest because my heart is stressed.
There are times I need to save because I have not been a good steward, however, there are times when I need to sacrificially give.
You get the point.
There is plenty of room for both things to be true in scripture. And the place this works out is in my heart.
Can we be honest for just a second?
I have found in my own life, I look for the passage that fits what I desire and then use it as an excuse to do what I want.
Yes, I just admitted it in writing.
But guess what, you do too.
If you know how to use google at a elementary level you can find a passage that will support what you want to do.
Deal with the brokenness of your heart and quit using scripture as an excuse to do what you want.
Trust me, it’s better this way.