The Best Reason To Read Your Bible And 3 Tips To Motivate You

“For the word of God (The Bible) is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Heb. 4:12

With all the uncertainty in the world, so much hatred, so many angry, confused and depressed people, many children being abused and neglected – my heart aches for some love, kindness, and laughter.

I ask, how are we going to make this work? What is going to be left for our children? Will there be a safe place for them to exercise their freedom of speech without people lashing out at them?

I know many are the parents and concern people about our society’s current state, but what do we do about it?

If only there was some kind of manual which told us what to do.

The good news is that it does exist – The Bible.

Sadly, every day people are neglecting it more, including Christians.

A recent study in 2019 conducted by The Barna Group, showed that only 5% of the population interact with the Bible frequently and believe it’s transforming their relationships and shaping their choices.

At the other end of the spectrum, there’s 48% who are disengaged with the Bible, their interactions are infrequently, if at all, and believe it has minimal impact on their lives.

That study shows that even though we want a better society for our children, we refuse to give it to them by neglecting to read our Bibles. I think one of the reasons is because the Bible might be sometimes intimidating.

We must read our instruction manual, but first, we need to be comfortable interacting with it better, so we can start becoming part of the solution in our society.

Today, I  want to share 3 tips that hopefully make the Bible less intimidating for you to read and understand:

1) The Bible has 66 books, and you need to treat each of those books as regular books.

For example, if you decide to read the book of John, you need to start by the beginning and then move to the end. That’s the logical thing to do with any book to understand it.

Also, you’d want to know some basic things about each book before start reading it, like who wrote it, when was it written, and who it was written to. Even though the Bible is for our benefit, the Bible wasn’t written for us primarily.

2) If you don’t understand a word, Google it. Just because it is the Bible doesn’t mean you’re going to understand the words by magic.

If you don’t understand the word “propitiation” – look it up in a dictionary. That’s the logical thing to do.

We need to understand the concepts of the words if we want to make sense out of the verses and passages.

3) If you don’t understand what you read, read it again! And if you still don’t understand ask someone else. That’s what you’d with a normal book.

When we don’t understand something from a regular book, we ask someone else or try to find resources to help us understand. It doesn’t have to be different with the Bible, we need to seek to understand and interpret what we’re reading.

We can use the Bible to build a better future for our children, but first, we need to read, understand and apply it.

I promise that if you start with this simple approach, after around a month or so the Bible won’t be so scary anymore and you’ll be able to start coming closer to God and living that abundant life He has promised for you and those around you.

The Bible is the Word of God – read it today!

About the author: Anyeline is a mom to one, lover of Jesus, and enjoys a great cup of coffee. She is originally from the Dominican Republic, but is now a proud U.S. citizen. When visiting our church, you can find her teaching our young adult women or helping out in children’s ministry. She always has a smile and a warm greeting for friends and strangers alike.

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