The Blessings of Reading the Bible #24

Ephesians 4:29 is one of my main life verses that I spend time meditating on most days, that is I have memorized it so I repeat it several times until I get it perfect, and then I think about it usually pondering each word and phrase, then I think about how I am doing living it.

Ephesians 4:29. Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.

James 3:5-6. So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things. See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.

I desire very much to speak only words that give grace to those who hear me, and never words that would hurt or offend. That is very hard to do, especially in light of our culture that has made speaking rude, insulting, critical words, that have as their purpose to hurt and wound the national sport.

I spend about 30 minutes every day memorizing Bible verses and reviewing the ones I have already memorized. I started this daily discipline when I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and in my reading and studying about the disease discovered that most people with Parkinson’s begin to struggle with some level of senility and the ability to think clearly and concentrate. But I also discovered that working our mind hard will hold this consequence at bay for some time.

One of the other benefits that I have discovered from memorizing the Bible is that my speaking and communication skill seems to have increased fairly rapidly. By memorizing and meditating on God’s Word it makes my speaking automatically more in line with the Words I have memorized. It is like I have programmed my brain how to talk. Faithfully reading every day the living, supernatural Word of God will transform our thinking and the words that we automatically speak out in the real world.

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