Saturday, May 14, 2016

One Book has the Answers


There are good reasons why the Bible—sometimes called The Good Book—continues to be the best-selling book of all times. Written on its pages not only you will find concise and specific guidelines for living, you also will find sensible instructions regarding how we should behave.

Consider the following:

On being a husband

“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it” (Ephesians 5:25).

“Husbands, be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect” (1 Peter 3:7).

“Husbands, love your wives; do not be harsh with them” (Colossians 3:19).

On being a wife

“Let the wife see that she reverence her husband” (Ephesians 5:33).

“Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord” (Ephesians 5:33).

On being a parent

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

“Discipline your son, and he will give you peace; he will bring delight to your soul” (Proverbs 29:17).

“Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him” (Proverbs 22:15).

“Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged” (Colossians 3:21).

“Fathers, bring [your children] up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord (Ephesians 6:4).

“A child left to himself disgraces his mother” (Proverbs 29:15).

On being a son or daughter

“Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land” (Exodus 20:12).

“Hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother” (Proverbs 1:8).

“Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old” (Proverbs 23:22).

“Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right” (Ephesians 6:1).

“Flee youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2 Timothy 2:22).

On being a decent person

“Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).

“Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Mark 12:31).

“Love worketh no ill to his neighbor“ (Romans 13:10).

“Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:13-15).

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger” (Proverbs 15:1).

“A wise man keeps himself under control” (Proverbs 29:11).

“Flee fornication” (1 Corinthians 6:18).

“If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men” (Romans 12:18).

“Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven” (Luke 6:37).

“Be kind one to another” (Ephesians 4:32).

“Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it” (1 Peter 3:10-11).

“Submit yourselves to God” (James 4:7).


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These are but a few examples of the wisdom found in the Bible. I don’t understand why anyone would object to such principles, and I wonder what kind of a world this would be if we turned to the pages of the Bible more often.

I say it’s never too late to start.



A version of this blog post first appeared in The Dallas Morning News. All rights reserved.




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9 comments:

  1. Imagine if His Book replaced facebook?!
    love this post. Amen!

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  2. After reading your post and Janet's comment above, I wondered how shocked I would be if I compared my time on FB and time in The Good Book. Hmm....

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  3. It really does have ALL the answers!
    We just need to read it to find them.

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  4. I'll have to admit that this post stepped on my toes today. Once again you wrote what I needed and should have read! Hugs and love.

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  5. Yep, my toes are aching a bit too. Words we all need to be living by in a nutshell. Thanks for posting.

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  6. Oh, this is so true! I stood listening to some women talking today, and they were discussing the extremes they have gone to, in order to stop doing things that are wrong...so many self-help gimmicks are out there, when all along, there is deliverance and power in the blood of Jesus and God's Word. It is so sad that so many look for their help in so many other places, when all along the only advice we will ever need is right there in the Bible. Thank you for another wonderful, encouraging post, sweet friend. This is such a great resource for all of us!

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