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As a true disciple of Jesus, make time in your life to study the Scriptures

The Making of a Disciple
The Traits of a Disciple – Part V

Scripture Reading: 1 John 2:1-6

Key Verse: 1 John 2:6 NLT
Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.

Yesterday’s devotional ended with the two extreme sides of guilty feelings. Both extremes leave Christians needing to rely on Scripture to determine how they should live.

This leads us to the next trait of true disciples of Jesus: they trust the Bible to be their guide.

The Bible has been the center of much controversy. Many disregard it as outdated and irrelevant to today’s lives. Others take the legalistic view that God told each author exactly what to write.

God provided truth to the Old and New Testament writers, and each author wrote it in their own personal style. This is why the first four books of the New Testament, known as the Gospels, tell the story of Jesus’s life from four different perspectives. All four Gospels are God’s truth, written in the unique style of each individual writer. God did not give them every single word to write but rather gave them the truth He wanted them to communicate.

Rather than argue about every little detail of the time and place of a biblical event, we can say with total confidence that the Bible gives us everything we need for this life and eternal life. That is what God intends and why He has protected the Bible through the years.

God determined to give every generation a guide for life here on earth and hope for facing eternity. A true disciple puts their total trust in the truths of the Bible.

The Bible is clear that God wants us to show a particular kind of love around this trait:

This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome. (1 John 5:2-3)

Since we can only know God’s commands by reading the Bible, a true disciple of Jesus makes time to study the Scriptures. A true disciple trusts the truth in the Scriptures even though he or she may struggle to obey them perfectly. Failures simply cause a disciple to practice more and be determined to live in a way that pleases God.

Disciples see the Bible as their guide to godly living, not a book of rules (Psalm 119:105).

Father, help me to love Your Word more and more. Give me guidance to live my life according to Your truth. I pray this in Jesus’s Name, amen.

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