Everyone wants to talk about their favorite passages of Scripture. There are many common culprits for this description such as John 3:16; 1 John 4:7-8; Romans 5:8-9; and many others. However, far more telling than one’s favorite passage of Scripture is their least favorite. “But, I like them all!” says one individual. While that may, in a sense, be true from the standpoint of recognizing them as being from God and appreciating their value; we all, whether we have considered it or not, have passages of Scripture we don’t like nearly as much as others. The reasons why are far more telling about an individual’s attitude toward God’s Word and appreciation for the Bible than the passages about the love and gifts of God that are often our favorites.
There are some individuals who “love” God’s Word, but do not like passages that deal with certain moral issues. Whether those are the passages that deal with marriage, divorce, and remarriage; modesty; dancing; drinking; or some other moral issue, these people will do just about anything to avoid these passages and continue living their lives as they desire. Their least favorite passages say more about them than they think.
Other individuals do not like the passages that deal with commitment to God; the ones that require continuous active service to God to receive his promised rewards. They would rather sit on their laurels than work for their master, thus the passages that contain such admonitions will be quickly swept under the rug as the individual “moves on to more important issues.”
Some people do not like certain passages of Scripture, not because of what God says and what it requires of us, but because of what it says about those being addressed. I admit this is the category into which I generally fall. One of my least favorite passages of Scripture is Jeremiah 8:12 where God says of Judah, “Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the Lord.” This is one of my least favorite passages, not because of what God said he would do, but because of what it says about his people. They could not blush at sin, they did not care about their abominations, they were happy in their depravity. I do not enjoy reading about such attitudes with men, and I know others don’t either; but they are necessary and valuable lessons if we are to avoid the same pitfalls in our own lives.
There are many other areas that could be covered, but I believe you get the point. Have you ever considered your least favorite passages of Scripture? What are they and why? They may tell you more about yourself than you thought, and they will certainly speak volumes to others.