July 23 Bible reading

23 07 2021

July 23 Proverbs 17:25-28; 18:1-6 Romans 8:1-17 Hosea 8; 9

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?

July 23 Proverbs 17:25-28; 18:1-6 Romans 8:1-17 Hosea 8; 9

Proverbs 17:25-28; 18:1-6

Self-control with what you say is a significant challenge that everyone faces. An even-tempered person who chooses their words carefully is putting wisdom to work every day. God cares about our spiritual heart health. We tend to speak from our current state of spiritual heart health. God wants us to be careful with what we say. God wants us to speak life. We should speak with love and respect. It is helpful to consider what you should say to the people in your life. Spend some private time to prayerfully think about it.

Romans 8:1-17

When I have found salvation in Jesus Christ, I am not under condemnation. When I follow Jesus Christ, with wholehearted devotion, I am constantly looking for His direction. In this way, I don’t live in the way that I used to. Now there is freedom for me. Please join me on this journey. You can experience this life of freedom. We can choose to focus our thoughts on what God is happy about. Life-changing peace will result from this decision. God the Holy Spirit will then give us the strength to choose a God-honoring lifestyle. In this personal relationship with God, we are adopted as His children, sharing an inheritance with Jesus. This includes shared suffering and glory. Whatever you are following…that is what you are giving control to. Are you following unreliable thoughts, feelings, and cravings? Are you feeling the pain of toxic selfishness? Are you finding freedom and new spiritual life? Are you following Jesus? Freedom and grace are available.

Hosea 8; 9

The people of Israel had refused to listen to what God had to say for generations. They had broken the commitment they made to God. They had rebelled. They had given their love and worship to gods who did not love them. God held His people accountable for their decisions. We must learn from these historical accounts and from the lives of real people who were like us. Will we listen to God? Will we love God?



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