Where I'm coming from.
I heard a man teaching God's Word once (name?) who said something that has had a tremendous impact on my life. In this particular message, he was expounding on the qualifications for elders and deacons, but what he said could apply to any Scripture dealing with daily life. Here is what he said (paraphrased):
"Be careful not to try to squeeze five gallons of orange juice out of one orange."
Here is an example: he was looking at the qualification that an elder be the husband of one wife. As we have all probably experienced, that verse can be interpreted many different ways. Here is his point: just take Scripture at face value for what it says. It ONLY says that he be the husband of one wife. It does not address divorce, being a widower, being a bachelor, or lusting after another woman in his heart (all popular interpretations). It simply says a husband of one wife.
Another good example was the qualification of ruling his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence. This passage does not address how old the children are or a minimum age to be an elder, or being childless. It simply says that his children will be submissive and reverent to him. Period.
I have taken this orange juice principle and applied it every time I study God's Word for a certain purpose. Please make sure that I'm not trying to wring orange juice out of a dry orange!