My friend, this is a fact of life you can count on: You're only as good as the god that you worship. If the god you worship is harsh, cruel, arbitrary and unloving like Allah of the Koran, then what type of people do you think that will produce? If the god you worship is the impersonal almighty Dollar, then do you think that might affect your personality and character?
If the god you worship is supposedly the God of the Bible but you only care about the aspects of his character that you like, like his love and mercy but not his holiness and justice, then that will lead to flaws in your outlook and lifestyle.
Now, don’t get me wrong. There are exceptions to this: People can sometimes rise above the god that they supposedly worship. There are plenty of Muslims in the world who don’t act at all like the Prophet they supposedly follow as an example, and I for one am grateful for that.
So how do I apply this? Make sure that the God that you worship is the God of the Bible, not someone you’ve made up. Read all of the Book, not just the parts that appeal to you. And if there’s an idol in your life, something that’s a rival to your Savior, be aware that the old “cliché” is true.
Father, what about me? Am I worshipping the real you, or someone I’m making up? All of my false images of you? Let’s a do a search and destroy.