Bible verses offer inspiration, hope, and guidance. We abide by the written word because it is a manual for how we should live our lives. The words of the Lord are powerful and reading the Bible can change one’s life. The words have brought many of us through the most harrowing times and whether we realize it or not, it is a part of our everyday lives. We quote scripture, we heed the Ten Commandments, and we earnestly believe in good and evil, everlasting life in Heaven and the fire and brimstone of Hell.
The verses below are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version. When I am facing a dilemma, the Bible is the first place I go to for answers. These lines have helped me time and again. They have brought clarity and insight and after reading, I have always felt better because I knew that GOD was there to guide me.
The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
The 23rd Psalm in its entirety inspires me greatly, but usually by the end of the 3rd verse I am ensured that everything will work out. My faith is strong. The first three lines tell me everything I need to know and that is that GOD is with me and there is no need to worry. “He makes me lie down in green pastures — ” tells me that I will be surrounded by tranquility and beauty as long as I let him guide me. “He restores my soul — ” GOD is good and I am presented with an inner peace that is unshakeable. No matter how ugly everything around me may be and no matter how dire the situation, I know that GOD is there and it will be better. When I read this Psalm, I am encouraged because GOD leads me to be a better person; a better friend, a better daughter, a better sister, a better mother and I want to live up to the plans and expectations that GOD has for me. Whatever caused my anxiety when I began to read, suddenly seems inconsequential and l am no longer afraid.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Why worry about things that cannot be changed? Worrying does not enhance your life in any form. In fact, it does the opposite: it causes anxiety and stress which can shorten your life span. The text tells me to keep my faith strong and to trust in the Lord because he will provide. I know this to be true because through small miracles I have been able to do some impossible things; I was out of work for over a year without unemployment, yet I was able to keep a roof over my head and food on my table. Whenever I began to worry about tomorrow, I would pick up the Bible, read this text and my troubles would just melt away. If you truly believe that GOD will provide then you have nothing to worry about. You must walk in faith because not everything is tangible. Just keep an open mind, an open heart, and be ready to believe in miracles.
Matthew 7: 7-8
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.
I used to think that if I asked for something that enhanced only my life then I was selfish. So, I asked for world peace, to end hunger, to save children, and protect my mother, friends, family, etc. The only thing I would ask specifically for myself would be to spare my life for another day. Then I read this text and I realized that GOD wants me to ask for personal blessings. He wants me to ask for safety for myself and loved ones. He wants me to ask for world peace, but he also wants me to ask for prosperity and to lessen to my burdens. He wants me to ask him how to deal with an unreasonable boss or an unruly child. He wants me to pray for a better life and walk in the path that he has set for me. Once I read this text, and fully understood its meaning, I realized that nothing is too large or too small to ask of GOD. Because I was afraid to pray, I came to realize that I thought I was not worthy of larger blessings. Now, I know this isn’t the truth. Ask, and ask loudly for whatever you need because GOD hears all prayers. He may not answer in the time you think he should but he does answer all prayers.
Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.
I think that it is impossible to walk with GOD and live a righteous life if you have hate for anything or anyone in your heart. You cannot quote the Bible about GOD and homosexuality or kill abortionists and burn down clinics if you truly believe and trust in GOD. I don’t think that GOD wants us to kill or maim or hate each other, but rather I think he wants us to love all mankind. I am not in a position to judge who should live and who should die. I think that GOD’s plan is greater than any of us realizes and he will not reveal it until he sees fit. I believe that GOD created all people for a purpose and when the time comes only he will determine who lives and who dies. I cannot hate someone because of my narrow and biased thoughts. I accept everyone as GODs greatest creation and he loves us all equally. I cannot hold malice in my heart. It is not conducive to the life I want to live.
Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act. Do not say to your neighbor, “Come back later, I’ll give it tomorrow” ‘” when you have it with you.
When I read this text, I am not only focused on the physical things that we can share with one another, but also the emotional cravings that we all have. It is necessary to let our children, our spouses, our friends, our family, and our neighbors know that they are loved. During this time of so many natural disasters, it is important to let those that are suffering know that help is on the way. Giving costs little, but receiving can mean so much. It is our duty as human beings to help each other and to give selflessly.
I live in a large city and often there are people who ask for money or food. If I have something I will give it. Yes, I understand that there is a possibility that this person may purchase alcohol or drugs but if I don’t give that person anything maybe the desperation he or she is feeling will cause him to actually harm someone for 2 dollars. Is it worth it? I don’t think so. I can only hope that my dollar has some affect on that person’s life. Whether it is too acknowledge that there are kind people who truly care, or to actually quench their hunger for food or something else, it will mean so much more to that person than it does to me.
The above text from the Holy Bible helps me to be a better person and it lets me know that I am not taking this journey alone. I am here on earth to learn valuable lessons that will not only enhance my life, but I am encouraged to have empathy and sympathy for those who are less fortunate. Tomorrow is not promised so I must make the most out of today and live an honest and righteous life.