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Studying the Bible Rightly
Min Park - Dec. 9, 2016
Devotional

Learning how to study the Bible right has changed my attitude towards Jesus and the Bible. There is a book I have been reading which talks about a method of inductive Bible study. It completely mesmerized my mind when it said that the Bible is about God. Well, it sounds pretty obvious. However, so many times I read the Word with a "me-centered mind" hoping that things would change magically in my life. Sadly, that magic doesn’t happen, and sometimes I lose motivation to seeks His council.

“If you discover your bad habit, you better fix it”, said my dad. With an extra amount of patience, I have read the Bible, not focusing on myself but on wanting to know who God is. Both the Old Testament and the New Testament clearly tell us about the great character of God! One example of what I have learned recently by having this mindset is God’s love. I thought I knew a lot about God’s love, but in reality I knew so little. I still have a long way to go to understand God’s love. Meditate seriously on John 3:16: “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.” Because God reaches out to us, we are able to experience Him and desire to be like Him and know Him deeper and more accurately. But God’s love also helps us to love others.

Recently, I noticed that many conflicts can arise among Christians because their life values and experiences are different or because their political views are different, or because their church denominations are different! A lot of times, it is hard to say one is right and the other isn’t. Before we all dive into seemingly endless arguments, why can’t we love one another and look after one another’s back, and make sure that our brothers and sisters in Christ stay together? In the same way that God has loved us, He wants us to also love one another. “Make sure that your own hearts are not evil and unbelieving, turning you away from the living God. You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God” (Hebrews 3:12-13).

I am very thankful that God gave us this wonderful gift called the Bible that we can always review it to learn more about Jesus Christ and receive the wisdom and encouragement we need to live a Christ-like life. When you read the Bible from now on, don’t just think of yourself and your own needs, but look to find God’s character. Then He will show you how to be more like Him.