If you have read Genesis a dozen times and fizzled out reading your Bible, try starting with Proverbs.
There is a chapter for each day of the month.
After you develop consistency by reading a chapter each day, add some reading in The Gospels, the first four books of the New Testament.
You need to build up your “Bible reading muscles” before tackling the Old Testament.
It seems today that so many people are protesting a personal or social injustice.
Growing up, my mom and dad taught us by example that the best response to a wound or an offense is grace and forgiveness.Since I was a little boy, my dad has repeated things like, “Moses never defended himself. God defended him.”
“Life is not about proving points. Let it go.”
My mom said, “The quicker you learn life is not fair, the better.”
As an adult, I’ve learned a bit more about what those statements mean.
Simply put, offense and injustice comes to everyone. How we deal with it makes the difference for betterment or bitterness in our lives.
Of Jesus it was said, “He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth.”
I tell my boys, “Sometimes you’re never more like Jesus than when you choose not to open your mouth.”
From my mom and dad, the best examples of how to be like Jesus in my life, I learned that private forgiveness is much more powerful than public protest.
When you argue with a fool, there are two fools.
“Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.”
A true friend will tell you if you have a crumb on your chin.
They will also alert you to a chip on your shoulder.
Can you handle a correcting wound from a faithful friend?
“Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” -Proverbs 27:6
“Follow your heart.”
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” -Jeremiah 17:9
Asked by mom why he fell out of bed, a little boy said, “I stayed too close to the place that I got in.”
How far into the Church are you from where you first got in?
Just because it may be the truth does not mean my spirit is right in saying it.
Here is an example of a few phrases often said with the wrong spirit:
“You reap what you sow.”
“What goes around comes around.”
“They had it coming.”
Gloating is not a fruit of The Spirit and has no place in Christian conversation.
“Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth: Lest the LORD see it, and it displease him, and he turn away his wrath from him.” -Proverbs 24:17-18
“But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.” -Luke 6:27-28