August 21 Bible reading

21 08 2021

August 21 Psalm 101 1 Corinthians 14:20-40 2 Chronicles 13; 14; 15

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?August 21 Psalm 101 1 Corinthians 14:20-40 2 Chronicles 13; 14; 15

August 21 Psalm 101 1 Corinthians 14:20-40 2 Chronicles 13; 14; 15

Psalm 101

This song of prayer is a dedication to God. (Not too unlike this) Our city has problems. There’s no denying it. And yet I will call on God for help. And yet I will commit my life to God and His ways. Thank you, God for allowing us the opportunity to work toward the good of all people, in concert with You. Psalm 101 is a song of commitment to live with integrity as a response to the “love and justice” of God. I can be motivated by finding God’s love which brings grace and mercy. At the same time, I can be motivated by the justice of God as He will punish those who are unrepentant and remain guilty.

1 Corinthians 14:20-40

We are called to grow in our understanding of God’s Kingdom and our role in it. This includes our understanding of the ways in which our local church may be as helpful as possible, to that end. This also includes the function of spiritual gifts. Each should strengthen the church, bringing encouragement. Paul provides a helpful distinction between the gifts of tongues and prophecy. He explains the importance of believers’ gatherings that are conducted in a way as to be as helpful as possible. We should avoid practices that cause confusion. “Let love be your highest goal.” Verses 34-35 are addressing specific people causing distraction.

2 Chronicles 13; 14; 15

Abijah shouts a clear message to Jeroboam, “God made a lasting covenant.” We are following God’s instructions. You abandoned the way. The outcome of a civil war in the nation of Israel was determined by the Lord. He favored those who served Him with an understanding of His words. King Asa recognized only God could help them and he led a return to the worship of Yahweh. This included the removal of idolatry within his mother’s house. This story reveals people who loved God, according to His covenant agreement, with their heart and soul. Our response should be similar.


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