Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’”

Jesus tells us to live by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. This includes His word that we like and makes us feels good, but it also includes His word that challenges us and our flesh hates.

We all love to hear that God eternally loves us (Rom. 8:38-39), God has forgiven us of our past, present, and future sins (Rom 6:10), and we’re made righteous because of our faith in Jesus (Rom. 5:1). But, if we only read scriptures that make us feel good, we’ll never be challenged to do better.

On the other hand, if we only hear scriptures such as, be holy (1 Pet. 1:16) and the rules under the Law of Moses in the old covenant, we’ll never fully appreciate God’s grace and we’ll constantly live in a state of condemnation.

There needs to be balanced diet of the Word. We should honor God with our behavior, decisions, and attitude, but also, receive His love, grace, and forgiveness if we miss it.