“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.