What’s your favorite Bible verse and why?
I completely acknowledge that choosing only 1 of the 31,202 verses in the most fantabulous book in the history of the universe is a completely unfair request, but I’m always fascinated by the words of God that peeps have reverberating in their hearts at any given moment.
As for myself, if I had to choose just one right now, it would be:
Today’s word? FORGIVE. Here’s what the Bible says about that:
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:2)
When I have trouble forgiving others, I try to remember two rather humbling stories. We’ve shared ’em before here on GUWG but I just loooooove ’em and think they’re worth repeating.
Yesterday, we started with Jesus’ command to LOVE one another. Today’s blank-filler offers a concrete way to live that out.
Encourage one another and build each other up.
(1 Thessalonians 5:11)
How often should we encourage one another and why should we do it?
Christianity is all about relationships: our relationship with (1) God and (2) others. That’s pretty much it.
So how exactly are we supposed to relate to our fellow earthlings, many of whom are nearly as messed up as we are? We’ll be answering that question all week long, as we look at how the Bible fills in the above blank.
Here’s one of my all-time favorite quotes from St. Francis of Assisi:
Proclaim the gospel at all times; when necessary, use words.
Accordingly, I’ll keep my blah blah blah to a minimum today. Instead, let’s focus on what the Bible says about this subject:
Think of the one person on this planet whom you despise more than anyone else. Here’s what Jesus says we should do about people like that:
Pray for them.
What would happen if people actually took Jesus’ words seriously? Think we’d have less war? Fewer shootings in our neighborhoods?