5 Godly Things God Doesn’t Want You to Do

5 Godly Things God Doesn’t Want You to Do

Make a joyful noise to the Lord  (Psalm 100:1,2)

. . . without addressing the unrighteous outburst you splattered over your eight-year-old for acting like a second-grader.

Preach the Word  (2 Timothy 4:2)

. . . before you’ve loaded the dishwasher for Grandma Sally.


Esteem others better than yourself  (Philippians 2:3)

. . . when it’s only because you want them to bolster your own image.



Hide His Word in your heart (Psalm 119:11)

. . . just so you can look like a big shot in the eyes of others.



Be ready to defend your faith (I Peter 3:15)

. . . so as to humiliate unbelievers who you think should grovel to the cross in shame.


Been there, done that, and got the t-shirt on all of these . . . No reason for you to do the same.






Sherry Boykin

Sherry Boykin, the founder of Faith and Tales, is a storyteller and chronic believer in the power of faith narratives to change lives. She uses biblical and personal accounts to help women move beyond their obstacles, glean fresh perspectives on life, and to live differently as a result. Her experiences in urban and suburban ministries, Peruvian Amazon jungle missions, long-term singleness, marriage and family, and men's dorm-living shape her life and provide a colorful backdrop from which to share the Word of God. Sherry is the author of But-Kickers: Growing Your Faith Bigger Than Your But and she has been interviewed for articles in Time, The New York Times, and Better Homes and Gardens.

This Post Has 12 Comments

    1. Sherry Boykin

      It’s just so easy to justify ourselves, isn’t it?

    1. Sherry Boykin

      You’re welcome, Deb. Thanks for stopping by.

    1. Sherry Boykin

      It’s a little scary, isn’t it, Barb?

  1. Great post, Sherry. Reminds me a little of 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. We can have golden tongues, great understanding, heaps of faith, a high tax deduction for charitable giving, and a burning measure of self-sacrifice, but without love, it all amounts to nothing. Thanks for helping us remember the “little” things which are most important.

    1. Sherry Boykin

      A very sobering passage, Sarah.

  2. Dear Sherry,
    Creative and poignant. Really hit the spot. “Oh, Lord, search my heart and see if there be any wicked way in me.” “Judgment begins at the house of God.” What a Word you gave us today, dear Sherry!

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