"Do NOT labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting LIFE..." - The Gospel of John 6:27 (NKJV)
A systematic and daily reading of the Word of God is important in maintaining a strong Christian life. Establish a daily quiet time with God and His Word. Pray that the Holy Spirit will help you understand what you read. By following our daily Bible reading schedule through this blog, you will be able to read the Bible through in a year. Please note that you may utilize the ‘BIBLE READER’ app that is installed at the bottom of this webpage to assist you in reading the specified scripture portion for today.

To get the MOST from God's Word, please do the following intentionally:
1. REQUEST God to connect with you as you read the word of God with FOCUS and OPENNESS to see what God wants to speak with you.
2. READ the selected sections of Scripture slowly as you mark the words and phrases that intrigue you, even reading them the second time to get a better understanding.
3. REFLECT on what God is communicating to you; stopping long enough to let the seed of God's Word take root in your heart.
4. RESPOND to the passage speaking directly to God about what is in your heart, and then look out for ways to live out what you find - individually, and to others within your church and elsewhere.

As you read and meditate, ask yourself the following three questions:
a) What is God speaking to me through this passage?
b) Is there a command, a promise or a warning for me?
c) Is there an example for me to follow?

Please POST your comments below if there is a thought or message that the Lord has spoken to you through the passage that you are reading and meditating today. Please make sure that your post is aligned to the scripture passage mentioned at the header. All comments should pertain to the relevant scripture portions only, and should be aimed to glorify God (the true author of 'The Bible') & edify everyone who visits this blog site daily - both young and old. May God bless you abundantly for encouraging others through your comments!

Let's PRAY...
LORD, give me the desire to take a little time out of my busy schedule today as I read and meditate on Your Word. Give me this day MY DAILY BREAD. Speak to me clearly & lead me today as my Good Shepherd. Help me to be a blessing to others who interact with me as I attempt to be a living witness of Your Word today. In Your Name I pray, AMEN.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

How can WE make our PARENTS happy?

How can WE make our PARENTS happy?

July 2 Bible Reading: Proverbs Chapters 10-12

"The Proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is the grief of his mother." (Prov. 10:1)

The above verse begins the second section of this book that goes all the way through Proverbs 22:16. This section consists of 375 individual proverbs, all as single-sentences, each of which expresses a complete idea and is unrelated from one another. These are important practical truths about many aspects of our lives. In fact, each proverb provides us with practical ways in which we must make the choice between wisdom and foolishness in different aspects of our lives. This general thought is designed to serve as an introduction to the entire collection of proverbs!

The author of these proverbs, King Solomon, starts off with a contrast between a wise son who brings joy to his parents and a foolish son who brings grief to his parents, each by his actions. A son who walks with wisdom is a great delight to his parents, while a son who rejects instruction turns out to be a source of great sorrow to his parents. The term son is genericthe central issue is not that he is a son rather than a daughter, but that he is wise or foolish. The behavior of a son or daughter thus has a direct effect on the emotional health of his parents, and so it is of great value.  

We should also note that both the gladness and the grief are felt by both the parents. The allocation of gladness to the father and grief to the mother suggests that each of these emotions is more likely to be visible in the parent mentioned, other than the need for poetic balance. However, the actions of one member of a family inevitably affect all the other members of the family. Just as the actions of the parents can make a major difference in the lives of their children while they are young, in the similar manner, actions of the children can make a major difference in the lives of their parents when they are old. The book of Proverbs urges children to treat their parents with both respect and affirmation, as only a fool despises his parents: "A wise son makes a father glad, but a foolish man despises his mother" (Prov. 15:20).

So, the question to ask ourselves is: How can we make our parents happy? Below are five simple ways that the scriptures tell us:
  1. Through our obedience and respecting their authority over us: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right" (Eph. 6:1). "Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord" (Col. 3:20).
  2. Through the honor that we bestow upon them: "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." (Eph. 6:2-3)
  3. Through our sincere submission to their supervision: "Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account" (Heb. 13:17).
  4. Through active listening and paying attention to their needs: "Listen to your father who begot you, and do not despise your mother when she is old" (Prov. 23:22).
  5. Through loving wisdom and seeking after it in our daily living: "Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice" (Prov. 29:3)
Let us make every effort to bring joy and happiness to our parents while they are alive. Our reward will be great in heaven if we sincerely make our parents happy on this earth just as another proverb exhorts us: "Let your father and your mother be glad, and let her who bore you rejoice" (Prov. 23:25).

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