When I got older I listened to people use this phrase to obtain something or rid themselves of something, "Well according to the word.....".
Now as a wife and mother of two children, admittedly on occasion I have found myself using the same five words, usually to coerce someone over to my point of view. "Well according to the word Jesus said, or Jesus instructed us to or Jesus forbade....".
Color me crazy but wouldn't it be much simpler if we "according to the word" obeyed all scripture rather than conveniently choose to edify select scripture that serves our means? According to the word that is.
Psalm 119:1-176 ESV
Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!