July 15 Bible reading

15 07 2021

July 15 Proverbs 17:5-14 Romans 2:17-29; 3:1-8 Amos 1; 2

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 the 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?

July 15 Proverbs 17:5-14 Romans 2:17-29; 3:1-8 Amos 1; 2

Proverbs 17:5-14

Love is ever-expanding when we choose to forgive. We can say, “It was an oversight, so I’ll overlook it. This was done by forgetfulness, so I’ll forget it.” Obsessing on a mistake can separate close friends. Healthy family relationships are a gift that keeps on giving. So make them a priority. Growing in understanding will help you take a single comment of constructive criticism and put it to good use. An important take-away for me from this section is the importance of periodically asking myself, “Am I learning?”

Romans 2:17-29; 3:1-8

Our personal salvation is a miracle where God’s Spirit initiates faith in us and we respond by receiving God’s love. We rely on Jesus for salvation, receiving new spiritual life, and we turn away from our toxic selfishness (and self-reliant ways). Remember, it is a supernatural miracle! This produces a change of heart in us. Our relationship with God becomes the priority that directs our relationships with others. Trying to follow the directive of God without a personal relationship with God will not produce life-giving results. You need the help that only God can provide. If you are not drawing that strength for change from God you will always fall short and be frustrated. So, receive this gift from Jesus and draw your spiritual strength from this new relationship.

Amos 1; 2

Our God is alive and aware of the motives and actions of all humans. God chooses a shepherd named Amos to condemn the evil actions of specific groups of people. Our loving God does not want to see anybody suffer the pain of their own self-destructive tendencies. God calls us to repentance for our own good. God is a God of mercy and justice. God will judge those who refuse to repent. God will lift up those who repent. God shows favor to the humble. Despite all of this, people choose to create things to worship. Through the prophet Amos, God recalls the repeated sin of the people and describes their results.



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