Friday, March 2, 2007

Loving the Word

One of the key characteristics of someone who has been changed by the Lord Jesus is a love of the Scriptures. One who says, "I love the Lord", and yet thinks little of the Bible and obeying its truth, is demonstrating the likelihood of self-deception. For, the one who loves the risen Word also loves the written Word.
Those who take God seriously take His Word seriously. The maturing Christian understands that God has provided an objective source of Truth-- the Bible, as well as the subjective Source in the Person of the Holy Spirit. Someone has well said that the Bible is the only Book where the Author is present at every reading. As the Christian hears, reads, studies, memorizes and meditates on the Word, the blessed Holy Spirit Who inspired that Word applies it specifically and particularly to the teachable heart. His ministry attests to the fact that the Word is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and training in righteousness (II Timothy 3:16, 17).
May we who take God seriously reflect afresh as to whether or not we are paying the price in time, energy, and discipline as a result of loving the Word.

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