Have you ever felt a nudge by God to do something and then kept ignoring it? Maybe you have been too busy. Maybe that thing you are supposed to be doing seems too difficult a task. Maybe you aren’t sure you heard correctly. For the past few months I have been feeling prompted to memorize more Bible verses. When faced with a challenging situation, it’s much easier to pull a Bible verse out of your memory than it is to go try and Google the bits and pieces you remember.
So after ignoring this nudge for too long, I was eating ice cream on Saturday night at a place called Sweet Frog near our house. This is a Christian ice cream chain and they had a Bible verse written on the chalkboard that I was facing while enjoying my ice cream. It was 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 and I started really reading and thinking about the verse for the first time in ages. Have you ever seen a familiar verse before and realized that you have heard it so many times that you stopped thinking about what it really means? That would be 1 Corinthians 13 for me.
This time, however, I actually started thinking about the words that were written. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, 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. Love never fails…” (NIV) What the what?! I started looking at each piece of the verses and thinking about how many of them I struggled with. Am I patient with my children when they haven’t picked up their laundry for the 47th time that week? Nope. Am I self-seeking? Do I want my way? Yep. Do I hold grudges (“keep no record of wrongs”) Yes again. Oh my goodness!
Living the truth found in Scripture is hard work! However, we are not alone in this. God is faithful if we ask Him to help us with the things we are struggling with. So if I want more patience, more forgiveness, and less self seeking, I know the One to ask. I certainly cannot live up to the standards of the Bible on my own, but with God’s help I will see improvement each day. This is the first set of verses that I am going to memorize this year. I hope to add one each week so that in a year’s time, I have at least 52 pieces of Scripture memorized. How awesome it will be to face a situation and know that I have the Word of God in my mind when I’m not sure how to react. I made a printable copy of this verse so that I can print out a small size version to carry with me so that I can remember these truths about love. Clearly, I need a reminder 😉 I am including the link to the printable below so that you can print it out as well. What are some of your favorite verses in the Bible?