Okay the last strategy for reading the bible that I wanted to cover is reading everything AFTER the Gospels. In my own bible journeys, I often start at the beginning of the bible, re-read the Gospels or read the Proverbs. And that leaves a lot of the really really good stuff out!
When I skip the Gospels and just go straight for Acts and later books, I find so much good information there. I think this is especially true for converts! It’s like you heard what Jesus had to say but now the apostles are out there making sure people are DOING it. So there’s a lot of action and help with how to go about living a Christian life.
So don’t leave these pages unturned! If you haven’t spent time in these books, do so now. I promise they will help you navigate the worldly troubles you’re having. Even though it was written 2,000 years ago, the human struggle is still very much the same.
MY BIBLE REFLECTION:
“And you who once were alienated and hostile in mind because of evil deeds….” Colossians 1:21
I have only been Catholic for five years and only Christian for maybe 7 or 8 but I still clearly remember what a mess I was before Jesus. This passage jumped out at me because it’s absolutely how a person feels when they live a life without Christ. We feel alienated and our minds are hostile. It’s an interesting phrase “hostile in mind” but that’s exactly what is going on.
In our brains we are waging a war of the flesh against our soul. Our soul cries out for Jesus but our flesh is weak and the more we indulge in the ways of the world, the more tension there is with our soul.
Keep this in mind when dealing with non-churched people in your life. Even if I know nothing else about another person other than that they don’t believe in Jesus, I know they are hurting. I try to treat them softly no matter how hard they appear to be.
“And let the peace of Christ control your hearts…” Colossians 3:15
I don’t have much to say about this scripture other than it just spoke to my heart. I love the idea that Christ controls my heart. Too often I feel like I’m in control and I’m making bad choices. I like the idea of giving the reins to Him and choosing to live a peaceful life. Lord knows I need Him!
Tomorrow we’ll talk about taking notes when reading the bible!