August 19 Bible reading

18 08 2019

August 19 Psalm 100 1 Corinthians 12:27-31; 13 Song of Solomon 5; 6; 7; 8

Please read the suggested passages, prayerfully consider them, and the questions below. My comments here may be helpful after those moments. The suggested daily reading is for 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 has been expressed through Jesus.
• 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?

August 19 Psalm 100 1 Corinthians 12:27-31; 13 Song of Solomon 5; 6; 7; 8

Psalm 100 Our God has faithfully cared for us. We were created by Him and we are His people. We should come to Him with thanksgiving and in it we will find fulfillment. The love of God lasts forever. It is more powerful than any other force in your world.
1 Corinthians 12:27-31; 13 We do not all have the same gifts, and that is a good thing. We should seek to be as helpful as possible to each other. The best way of life is living by a love that gives. If we use spiritual gifts without selfless love, we may cause things to get worse. True love is gentle and strong in patience, not self-focused but seeking the good of another and celebrating with the joy of others. True love will not give up, but will instead always hold on to faith in hope of the best outcome. True love will last forever.
Song of Solomon 5; 6; 7; 8 After a wedding in Solomon’s musical, the lovers grow in the way they view the relationship. The go from singing, “my lover is mine,” as their first focus to singing, “I am my lover’s and he claims me as his own.” It’s a change from self-focused to giving. This love is growing stronger and deeper. It includes a maturing in personal identity. Selfishness is not the way to peace. Giving love brings peace.


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