All scripture is given by inspiration from God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. ~2 Timothy 3:16
Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. ~Matthew 22:29
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. ~Romans 15:4
I was so excited last night when I finished reading the last book in the New Testament. I loved reading about the Good Shepherd! I am eager to start on the Old Testament next. I have planned it to where I will be finished by the end of the year, if not sooner. When I was younger I started reading the Bible but it was too tedious and I quit. However, now I am older and wiser and determined to read the good book in its entirety.
I plan to use my deeper knowledge of the Bible to encourage others. My goal is to have a scripture on my tongue for any situation.
The life and words of Jesus moved me. I felt truimphant, repentant, hopeful, humbled, but most of all uplifted. I wish I could have met him! I am looking forward to the Son shining again!
I’ve been making my way through the New Testament and the resounding message in each book seems to be “love one another.” Sounds simple, right?
While I’d like to say I love everyone, I know that I don’t. I love those who love me which is easy to do. The hard part is showing love to the ones who treat me bad or simply don’t deserve it. Now I believe the Bible encourages us to be discerning about love. Because you can love from a distance without getting yourself tangled in the mire or trampled on. I love my brother, but I only deal with him on a “need to” basis and feed him with a long-handled spoon. I show love by taking care of Jazmine.
Right now I am having a hard time displaying neighborly love toward all. I don’t love (or even respect) most of the people I work with. Eliza and her family–forget about it. And there’s no love lost between my husband’s middle sister and I. Then there’s the weird family that lives next door to us. Nor can I feel any affection for the many yahoos that seem to flock my way. I try not to think about such unpleasantries but I can’t deny that feelings of animosity and bitterness live in me.
I imagine reaching this plateau would involve humbling one’s self. Thus, I guess my first lesson lies in humility. I have so much work to do!