“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.” 2 Timothy 3:16, NLT.
Whenever we are prescribed medication by our physician, we are aware that there will be some side effects. While we hope the effects will be minimum, we never know how our bodies will respond. For this reason, some people opt out of taking modern medication altogether. They don’t want to experience the side effects which could bring on more health issues that will have to be treated with new medication that will cause new side effects.
The Bible tells us that all Scripture is inspired by God. Every Word that He’s spoken is to be received into our hearts just as we would receive a pill into our bodies. Just as a pill goes to work and produces a result, God’s Word enters into our heart and produces a result in our lives.
The side effects of receiving Scripture into our hearts are phenomenal. For example, I have sat down and meditated on Ephesians 4:29, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.” The side effects of receiving that Scripture in my heart was not only did God help me to control my tongue, but He taught me volumes about His love.
God wants you to enjoy a rich and fruitful relationship with His Word. Begin today by finding an area of your life that you need the most help with. Sit down and meditate on what God has to say. Then look for opportunities to apply that Scripture to your life. You’ll find that not only will God strengthen you in that particular area, but He will also reveal more to you about His nature and His character.
Prayer: Father God, thank You for the wonderful side effects that we experience in our lives every time we receive Your truth. Help us develop a greater desire to receive what You so freely gave. As we follow You, ignite within us a passion to share with others the Words that have blessed us so it can produce results in their lives too. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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Thank you my LORD for this word today, Thank you for the side effects I get when I read my Bible…..I get to hear you very clearly in my spirit. Same with my husband…He told me yesterday that when we started reading our Bibles together starting this He’s getting more Revaluation from GOD…that is side effects Thank you God In Jesus Name Amen 🙏🕇🕇🕇
Our World is Unstable
“In those days there was no king in Israel; each one did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 21:25 LEB).
Our problems start with each person doing what is right in his or her own eyes. Justice, mercy, and reconciliation should not just be buzzwords—they should be ideals we live by. We must live by God’s views of equality and the value of human life. God’s ways must be our ways.
OUR WORLD IS UNSTABLE, BUT GOD IS STILL HERE
Our world seems unstable. Each person seems to do what is right in his or her own eyes. But it is not as if our God has stopped talking. God is still enthroned in heaven—we just need to give him room in our lives here on earth.
Sometimes it helps to take a step back and think about the God we serve. I think of what God said to Job:
“Where were you at the my laying the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you possess understanding. Who determined its measurement? … Or who stretched the measuring line upon it? On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars were singing together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” (>Job 38:4–7 LEB).
If we serve a God who can establish the earth, what can he not do? Certainly this God can reconcile people. Certainly this God can establish justice, bring mercy, and teach us to walk humbly before him (Micah 6:8). Certainly this God can bring stability to our unstable world.
EMPATHY IS THE START
The beginning of reconciliation is the recognition that we do not truly understand where others are coming from. But that should not stop us from attempting to empathize. I regularly think of my experience as a child who could not speak correctly—and being discriminated against simply for my speech impediment. It helps me to feel a little bit of what my brothers and sisters living on the underside of power feel. It helps me empathize.
Yet I also recognize that I still don’t know what it is like to be someone else. I can empathize, but I shouldn’t pretend to understand another person’s full experiences.
LOVE IS THE FINISH
Truly loving other people demands action. When we witness people discriminated against, we must desire change and advocate for it, or we lack love. When we hear about people being needlessly killed, because of hatred, we must show love to fight the hatred. When we see the poverty in our world—and realize that we have the resources to alleviate it—we must act. If we ignore it, we show ourselves to lack love.
“No one has greater love than this: that someone lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13 LEB).
And who should our friends be? And who should our neighbors be? The citizens of this earth, created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). We should love others to the point of being willing to give up our very lives for them.
Thank you Father for these words from you today they have been a witness to your power your love I believe that you have changed me thru your holy spirit your living words you humble me with your mercy i love you Jesus thank-you l
Awesome! So true, how rich the application of the Word in such manner should’ve been! An example to follow by everybody to grow deeper in Him and His word. The Word truly is alive and changes one from the inside out!
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