Why Read the Bible

WhyReadTheBible

2 Timothy 3.15 – 17 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

First, let’s get some foundation:

  1. The Bible is Truth.
  2. The Bible is God’s inerrant Word.
  3. The Bible contains all we need for righteous living.
  4. The Bible is God’s love letter to us: His way of establishing, maintaining, and deepening our relationship with Him.

Read the Bible to discover Truth. When we don’t read God’s Word, we start making up our own truth, and living the way we think is right. That was the original sin with Adam and Eve: to be like God and know good and evil. Only God’s perspective is Truth. Whatever we think is good or evil is twisted according to our fleshly desires.

Read the Bible to balance your life. John 14.27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Read the Bible to understand yourself better. Hebrews 4.12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Read the Bible to understand how to relate to God. John 14.15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.

Read the Bible to understand how to relate to other people. Colossians 3.16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. God’s Word provides insight into human behavior. It explains why we think the way we do, and how to correct our thinking. It gives us God’s perspective on love. what love is, and how to love one another when our flesh is unwilling.

As you read more of the Bible, it comes back to you more often. Whether you’re watching the news, conversing with others, or completing routine chores, God’s Word interjects itself into your meditations and thoughts. You will be able to make connections that you never thought of before. That’s because reading God’s Word provides wisdom.

Read the Bible in order to understand what not to do: Psalms 119.9-11 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. We must have some sort of plumb line so that we may live righteously. Wrong thinking leads to wrong actions, wrong feelings, depression, anxiety, and a sinful lifestyle.

To gain deeper understanding and appreciation for God’s Word, I direct you to Psalms 119. Read it. Read it often. Read it deeply. Use it as a springboard to read more and more of God’s Word.

15 thoughts on “Why Read the Bible

  1. I love all your “read the Bible” and I also thought of: read the Bible to learn all the attributes of GOD, who HE is and all the promises HE has made to us!! Your post was awesome and so: I nominated you today for the Kennedy Award of Excellence. You can find info in my most recent post today at: http://www.heavensreef.com
    YOU are loved!

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  2. Reading the Bible (KJV) is better than any novel, mystery, or any other book. It’s enthralling! The more I read, the more I want to read and meditate on. Thanks, Kathy!

    Valerie

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  3. Kathy, this is very good. Very practical and applicable to our lives. I like how you broke it down to reasons why we should read the Bible. I liked your reasons, too. Good ones! I liked the various ways you said we gain understanding, too, of ourselves, of God, how to relate to God and to others, etc. Oh, and I love Psalm 119. So rich.

    I grew up reading the Bible from the time I was old enough to read. I had it taught to me, too, at least 4 times a week or more at our church gatherings. And, I grew to love the Word of God. I can remember, as a youth, wanting to sit down on the first or second pew for I wanted to drink in every word. My pastor would preach 45 min to an hour but I hung on his every word and I couldn’t wait to go back in the evening to hear more.

    But the past 18 years is when I grew the most in my understanding of God’s Word and how it applies to my life. The more that we study the word of God, and the more that we apply its truths to our lives, the more that it becomes a part of our lives 24/7. Thanks again. I appreciate what you wrote here.

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      1. Kathy, it doesn’t matter at what age we begin, does it? I was blessed, for certain. But the important thing is what we do now. That we love the word of God is awesome, and the glory belongs to God. Thanks, Kathy.

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  4. God’s word never returns void. It is a lamp unto our feet. The Bible directs and guides us to keep his righteous commands. Thanks for sharing why reading the Bible is vital for our spiritual growth. Blessings!

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