“But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works”
(2 Timothy 3:14-17).
Today’s Morsel: When I was in school and the teachers would give us a test or exam, they would always tell us to read the instructions first. Paul told Timothy that all scriptures are given by inspiration from God for instruction in righteousness. There is no way we will be righteous without an understanding of God’s word. Solomon said, “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning” (Proverbs 9:9). We need to not only be made acquainted with the truth, but we need to be convinced when we are wrong and need correction. We need to be taught what is right and what is required of us so that we can lead a holy and Godly life. Every born-again believer needs instructions to grow and should not just be left to think that their conversion is all that is needed to be righteous. We must learn to follow the principles of the word of God, as it shows us how to lead an upright life. The scriptures furnish us with the rules of holy living in abundance. And those same rules will guide us to heaven.
Sing: Since Jesus came into my heart, since Jesus came into my heart; floods of joy O’er my soul like the sea billows roll, since Jesus came into my heart.
Thought For Today: “Righteousness is developed by obedience” (Parker)