Powerful Words

Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, and my suffering the things that happened to me in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. What persecutions I endured! Yet the Lord rescued me from all of them. Indeed, all who want to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But wicked people and imposters will go from bad to worse, deceiving others and being deceived, But as for you, continues in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it, and how from childhood you have known the sacred writings that are able to instruct you for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3: 10-17 (NRSV)

It is the spirit that gives life; the flesh is useless. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. John 6: 63 (NRSV)

Aaron Caruso lives in Connecticut. He was confident that he was going to get an A in his humanities course. He had earned nearly perfect grades and eagerly participated in classroom discussions throughout the semester. Now it was time to reap the benefits of his labor. But instead he reaped bewilderment when his instructor showed him his final grade: C.

Aaron asked his instructor for an explanation, and he began to read aloud the syllabus that he had handed out on the first day of class. He read that a student who arrives late to class would be counted as absent, and a certain number of absences would penalize his or her final grade. Aaron realized that he had arrived late to class several times, and that was why he received a C despite his hard work.

Although it was disappointing, that experience led Aaron to carefully read every syllabus for the rest of his college career. He has since graduated from college, but today he still tries to read important words with great care. and the words found in the Bible are immeasurably more powerful than those found on any syllabus. The Bible contains God's message for us to read, believe, and apply. Without fail, it will provide positive direction for our lives. Try to do your best to read it every day - it will change your life.

Prayer: Dear God, renew our minds daily with your word through the power of your Holy Spirit so that we will live worthy lives, in Jesus' name, amen

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