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Got a favorite verse or two so far?
This is your eleventh day of reading in 2013. Nice job!
Post a favorite verse or two from your reading this year. You can add an explanation of why it is a favorite if you want.
I've always loved Acts 20:24. What a statement on Paul's life from his own lips:
However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.
Okay...here is the first one, the golden rule, I love that one, and the name of the rule, golden, it just fits. The second one, is Matthew 10:34, "Don't imagine that I came to bring peace to the earth! I came not to bring peace, but a sword." That verse pulls on my gut every time I read it. It makes me ready to go out and defend God to my last breath,(like I am able to defend God). Anyway, I really like that verse. I am a fighter, what can I say! Here is one from Acts, 9:4, "Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?" Darn right, he fell down, I would too! Could you imagine, just minding your own business, (whooping Christians), and Jesus asks you what are you doing...mind blowing!
So many great verses to choose from in Matthew. Salt and Light always resonates with me. What hits me most today? Matthew 6:34: "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." One day at a time is a wise way to live.
I don't know about a favorite but Acts 17:11 has a lot of meaning and application in my life. "And the people of Bearea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth."
Open-minded has to be combined with a search for Truth. It isn't open-minded to just believe everything. We are responsible to see if what others are saying is Truth. Of course, without an absolute truth... with each person determining truth for one's self... this means nothing. I'm so thankful we have God's Word as the Absolute Truth and Authority!
I was really hit with the way the Message puts Paul's statement in Acts 20:26-27 "I declare today that I have been faithful. If anyone suffers eternal death, it's not my fault for I didn't shrink from declaring all that God wants you to know." What a statement! I'm mulling over Paul's boldness today.
Tristi added... Actually, it's the New Living Translation... not The Message.