October 23 Bible reading

23 10 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.

October 23  Proverbs 25:21-28; 26:1-2  2 Timothy 2  Jeremiah 49:7-39; 50:1-10

What’s the plain simple truth of the verses you read?

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

What should you do about that truth?

We learn from Solomon’s proverbs the value of self-control. We should avoid silly arguments and gossip. Learning how to best interact with others will improve the quality of your life and theirs.

Paul advises Timothy to draw strength from the grace found in Jesus, and to mentor trustworthy people in teaching others this Good News. This included the putting away of silly arguments in favor of clear teaching focused on Jesus. Our faith in Jesus must be personal and transformative. It will motivate us to live focused on God’s purpose and free from carnal mess. A Jesus-kind of servant leader will be kind, “patient with difficult people”, and able to teach. They should seek to help people take next steps in following Jesus (even those in opposition).

God made public a plan to punish people who would not repent of their wrong and to restore those who would seek mercy & change their ways.



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