GOD'S WORD IS FOR US!
- Key Verse
- For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
- READ THE CHAPTER
Rules at the Hall House:
H: Have patience
A: Assume the best in others
L: Love the Lord with all your heart
L: Love others
HOW? By writing God's Word on your heart and spending time talking with Him.
WHY? Because this is what God tells us to do, and He has our best in mind!
ReflectionsAs a wife and mom, I have found that my biggest challenge is to love my family as Christ loves me. As I read this passage, I was challenged by the first four verses that focus on loving others. Verses 1-2 challenge the strong in faith to encourage the weak. To do this, they must have the mind of Christ (verse 3).
How do I have the mind of Christ? This sin-seeking girl wants to know. And the answer is right there in verse 4: By understanding the Scriptures, those that were "WRITTEN BEFORE." I am so thankful that God has written me a love letter, His Word, which is my road map and compass to loving John and the three fun, crazy, balls of energy He gave me. My husband calls Scripture, God's Instruction Manual. "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness." (2 Timothy 3:16, NIV)
In the Central Truth, I spelled out the main rules we have established for raising our children. Here is a quote from my youngest as we reiterated our family rules after he hauled off and clocked his brother, "There are so many RULES! I hate rules." In his mind, and often my own, rules are hard, confining, and go against what we want to do.
This can be my attitude toward God and His Word. However, really knowing God's Word brings two things to the believing heart:
1. PATIENCE, which involves endurance and perseverance and means to remain steadfast under the intensity of life (this was not George's first reaction to whatever his brother did to deserve a take down).
2. COMFORT or encouragement, which builds up and sustains us (Hebrews 12:1-2).
In George's mind, it's just rules; one day, I hope that the freeing love of God will guide him in all of life's ups and downs. Ultimately, though, knowing God's Word results in HOPE. "I write these things to you who believe in the Son of God so that you may KNOW that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:13, NIV) (emphasis added).
Discussion Questions1. What part does the Bible play in your life?
2. Are you getting to know Your Savior by spending time in His Word?
3. At what times in your life has the Bible given you patience and comfort?
4 What gives you HOPE? (Refer to 1 John 5:13)
5. Is your HOPE in Christ, in someone else, or in the things of this world? Read John 20:31 and John 10:10.
WEEKLY FAMILY ACTIVITY
Romans 13-1 Corinthians 1 (June 11-15)
Read Romans 13:8-10.
• What is a debt?
• What does verse 8 say we should do with our debts?
• Why do you think we have a debt to love others?
• Who paid our debt by dying on the cross?
We can show how thankful we are for what Jesus has done for us by following His command to love our neighbors.
• Who is your neighbor (not just your "neighbors" who live near you)?
• What does it mean to "love your neighbor as yourself?"
Activity: Make a list of the ways that you take care of yourself. Think about everything from eating healthy foods, to wanting to be listened to, to memorizing Scripture to combat the enemy. Be exhaustive. Pick five of your "neighbors" and choose something for each of them from your list of how you love yourself and love them specifically in that way this week.