Getting Me Through the Day
All of these Bible verses have played a role in getting me through life. We all fall on hard times every now and then. When we do we need reminders of appropriate attitudes and behavior. I have one verse that sums all of this up. It is: “Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4) We need not just the things that we find in this world. We need God. There were days when my boss was getting me down, days when I was not able to communicate well with friends and other days with family. There were professors in school that I did not always get along with. The list can go on for any of us. These passages get me through the day when my day is not going so well. I remember these every time that I fall short of doing the right thing, also. I am not perfect and I never will be. God knows this. He gave us the Bible and forgiveness for this reason. He will renew you and give you strength. Just keep going back to Him.
Job, A Righteous Man Who Suffered
The Lord has given and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised. (Job 1:21) Anytime that I go through hard times I think of Job. He was a good man by everyone’s standards, yet, he suffered. When the Lord took away all that Job had worked so hard for Job did not curse Him. Instead, he continued to praise Him. Job did not know why God had taken away anything from him. He did know that it was right to love God and always praise Him. Once the Lord had finished using Job to make His point He gave him back double what had been taken away. Praise God even through tough times and He will reward you, too.
The Woman Caught in Adultery is Forgiven
“If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7) When the woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus everyone was ready to stone her to death. Jesus, however, said the previous words and they all walked away. Jewish Law said that she had to be stoned, but Jesus was introducing a New Covenant. He wanted people to be forgiven rather than punished. I am glad to know that forgiveness is the rule, not punishment.
The Criminal on the Cross Goes to Heaven
Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:42-43) One of the criminals who was crucified with Jesus was smart enough to ask Him for forgiveness and salvation. He knew not to mock the Lord. Even though he was a criminal and possibly had been his whole life, the Lord welcomed him into Heaven because he ultimately did the right thing. Yes, even criminals can make it into Heaven if they finally turn to God.
Psalm 23: No Fear
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. (Psalm 23:4) Even if evil and bad things seem to flourish around you, you can still find peace and strength by holding the Lord close to you. He is always there we just have to acknowledge Him and accept Him into our lives. We have all had moments when it seems like the bad guy is winning. It is something that would bother anyone. Staying close to the Lord will help to ease your fear and anxiety so that you can overcome the situation, or get out of it.
Love is Patient, Love is Kind
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (1 Corinthians 13:4-7) When I am having a day when I do not really feel like being nice I remember this passage. It keeps my attitude in line so that I do not act inappropriately toward others. Sometimes you have to stand up to people, but you should be polite and courteous when others have done nothing wrong to you. A bad day does not always have to turn into a bad attitude.