Do you love the Word of God?
If your answer is yes, then let me ask you a follow-up question…
How does the way you live your life prove that you love the Word of God?
I pose these questions to you today because, so often, we choose the popular and proper response instead of what is true.
I will be the first one to admit that there are times in my life when I would have responded, “yes, of course, I love God’s Word”, when in reality, I was not giving it much priority.
Thankfully, God understands my weaknesses. He knows I am prone to wander from devotion to Him and His Word. In His love and grace, He gently convicts me and leads me back to the right path.
Whether you are in a season where you are making God’s word a priority, or you are struggling to know and walk in the truth, here are a few great reasons to love the scriptures.
As we look at some of the ways we can love the Bible, there are some other questions we will be considering.
- What does it mean to love the Word of God?
- How can you show your love for the Word of God?
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What Does it Mean to Love the Word of God?
As followers of Christ, the Bible is our ultimate source of truth. It is the foundation on which we should be building our lives.
What does the Bible say about loving the word of God?
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome. – 1 John 5:3
8 Reasons to Love the Word of God
There are many passages of scripture that tell us about the importance of knowing the Bible. However, there is a specific verse about loving the Word of God that I want to focus on.
The Law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:7-9
Let’s dissect this scripture and look at all the reasons it gives for us to love the Bible.
God’s Word is Perfect
The word perfect in the original language means “complete, whole, entire, sound”.
God’s Word is perfect. The scriptures are inspired by the Lord. They are His very words. We can trust that God’s Word is void of error or contradiction.
As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him. – Psalm 18:30
The Word of God is Sure
The original word for ‘sure’ is a verb that means “to support, confirm, be faithful”.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. – Matthew 24:35
God’s Word is Right
The word for “right” in Psalm 19 is an adjective that means “straight, upright, correct, right”.
For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. Psalm 33:4
The Word of God is Pure
The word for ‘pure’ means “clear, sincere”.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The purity and clarity of God’s Word give us instruction for godly living and good works.
God’s Word Restores the Soul
For the word of God 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. – Hebrews 4:12
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. – 1 Peter 1:23
It’s not just a book. The Bible is the Word of God. Therefore, it is living and working in our hearts and lives. The Bible also tells us the Jesus is the Word of God in the flesh (John 1:1). Jesus, the Word of God, came to earth to reveal the Father. It is through the Word that we have been born again.
The Word of God Makes us Wise
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine, and acts on them, will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. – Matthew 7:24
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. Psalm 119:130
For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
God’s Word makes us wise. He gives us wisdom that is according to what is true, unlike the wisdom that the world gives.
God’s Word Rejoices the Heart
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. – Colossians 3:16
The Word of God teaches and reveals things that are true, noble, wise, lovely, praiseworthy (Philippians 4:8). As we, as children of God, fill our minds with the truth of God’s Word our natural response should be joy, peace, and comfort.
The Word of God Enlightens Our Eyes
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. – Psalm 119:105
The Word of God gives us direction for our lives. It teaches us how to live a life that is pleasing to God in the midst of a crooked and evil world.
How Can You Show Your Love For the Word of God?
Now that we have seen a few of the reasons why we can love God through knowing His word, let’s look at a few ways that we can show our love for the scriptures.
Spend Time In God’s Word Every Day
One of the greatest ways that we can show a person that we care for them is by spending time with them. It’s the same way with God’s word. We prove our affection for the Word of God by spending time in it every day.
I have found that as I spend more time reading the scriptures, the more I long for more time in them.
Seek to Understand the True Meaning of the Scriptures
Another way we can show that we value the Bible is by seeking to understand its true meaning. It’s very easy to take scriptures out of their context and twist them to mean whatever we want them to fit our own selfish desires.
This grieves the heart of the Lord.
The author of any given book of the Bible had one intended meaning as they were writing it. This is the meaning that we must seek. Once we have an accurate understanding of the meaning of the scriptures, we are better equipped to apply them appropriately to our lives.
Obey God’s Word
Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. – James 1:22
He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” – Luke 11:28
How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. – Psalm 119:5
The Bible makes it clear. Obedience to God’s Word is a crucial way that we prove our faith and love for God.
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