Do not Handle

Daily Thoughts

Colossians 2:21 “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”

How do we live in the world but manage to not be a part of it? How do we live in a culture but not be conformed to it? We could get all legalistic and prevent physical interaction with things, not handling, not touching, not tasting, but Paul condemns that lifestyle. Instead of physically, those rules should become the attitude of our hearts!

Do not Mishandle the Good.

Often we start to love the things that God gives us more than God himself. We love the gifts over the giver. In those times we start to mishandle and misuse the good that God has given us. Out of impatience we try to control our destinies and force the hand of God in our lives.

To mishandle something means to manipulate something roughly or carelessly:

  • We carelessly spend the money that God has blessed us with
  • We treat our spouses roughly and harshly
  • We become too aggressive in our desires & intentions
  • We mishandle the opportunities God gives us for our own benefit

Do Handle the Word of God.

Acts 17:11 “…they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true”. Instead of trying to handle our opportunities and circumstances, do handle the word of God. Spend time reading it, studying it, highlighting it, discussing it and sharing it.



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