There are at least three reasons why Christians read the Bible. First, we read it to know more about God. When we read Scripture seeking knowledge of God, we come to understand a little better the God who values us, even though God remains beyond all human understanding.
The second reason we read the Bible is devotion. When we read the Bible as devotion, we’re opening our hearts and spirits to a relationship with the living God so that the Holy Spirit can breathe (inspire) faith and devotion into us. Our third reason to read the Bible: to love our neighbors. Through the Bible, we learn what Jesus, God’s loving Word incarnate, means by love.
This message is an excerpt of “Reading the Bible for love” by Laurie A. Jungling in the April 2018 issue of Gather magazine.
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