December 6 Bible reading

5 12 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.

December 6  Proverbs 29:19-27  2 John 1  Haggai 1; 2

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?

When an adult remains as self-oriented as a toddler we may think of them as immature. This develops into an unhealthy consideration of self as more important than the rest of the world. This may include the belief that one’s self is better than, or more valuable than, anyone else. Pride. It ends in “humiliation”.

Pastor John, an eyewitness of Jesus and elder overseeing the early Christian church, offers us, specific counsel. He cautions us to avoid a drift from the priority of Jesus-like agape love for others. As a fully devoted follower of Jesus, I choose to daily care for the people around me in the same way Jesus cared for me. It’s possible when I daily receive the love of God, allow my heart to be changed by it, and then share His love. John also advises us to avoid false teaching about Jesus and those who bring it.

16 years after the first Israelites returned from their Babylonian captivity, Haggai is the first of three prophets to minister. People had lost a passion for God their place of worship, the Jerusalem Temple. Rebuilding the Temple had stopped. Haggai and Zechariah encouraged the people to resume construction. The people responded and God said, “I am with you”.



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