” I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.” NIV

’I’ve written as urgently and accurately as I know how. This is God’s generous truth; embrace it with both arms!’’ The Message

Discipleship is incompatible with a casual approach to the Bible.

I am attracted to this idea of embracing the truth with both arms. To my mind this speaks of welcoming it, loving it, feeling it, valuing it, holding it.

Try, with God’s help, to make it your habit to not just skim-read your Bible, but to hold its truth tight, next to your heart.

One way to do this is to take the text of Scripture and turn it into prayer. In doing so you meditate, and meditation has been called, ‘The digestive system of the soul.’

Don’t settle for the superficial reading of a Bible passage in your quiet time. It needs to become a part of you.

PRAYER: Lord God, please forgive me for those times when I handle your Word carelessly. Let this change from this day on.