September 25 Bible reading

24 09 2018

Each day of the year I’ll post verses to read, with the purpose of reading through the whole Bible within a year.

Reading the Bible is helpful in taking next steps to follow Jesus. It may not be easy and yet it can be rewarding. Digging into Scripture alongside people you know is a life-giving way to pursue answers together. We discover the love that God has for us, expressed through Jesus.

Please read the verses below, prayerfully consider them, and then my comments may be helpful after those moments.

September 25  Proverbs 23:19-28  Ephesians 4:1-16  Isaiah 60; 61; 62

Based on today’s reading, what is one thing God is saying to you?

Parents take great joy to see their children use wisdom in decision making. On our journey from childhood to adulthood we should learn from those with wisdom, including our parents. We can learn to keep our hearts on the right course. This will keep us from self-destructive behaviors and guide us to learning that develops our wisdom in decision making.

In response to the life-changing love of God, Paul calls believers to live out of profound gratitude in a way that honors God and reflects His love for others. We should pursue unity. Within the church, God has given individual people certain gifts, for the purpose of sharing in the work of God, building up the church, helping its people come to maturity. This includes people who function in their gifts as apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Together we can become more like Christ and help each other.

God promises a future for Jerusalem where people from around the world are brought into peaceful worship. Jesus quotes Isaiah 61 in revealing His identity as Messiah. This informs us as to God’s purpose and passion. Isaiah’s prayer for Jerusalem in Isaiah 62 should inform our prayer for our cities today. We can combine prayer and work, with purpose & passion, to implement the commitments we make to reveal our Messiah, Jesus.


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