"In this the love of God was made manifest among us…” 1 John 4:9
If you have grown up in the church, the question we have posed this week is not a difficult one for you. You believe what the Bible says and don't spend much if any time on questions or doubts about it. The difficulty for you comes in finding time to be in the Bible. Or sometimes the problem is not carving out time but mustering up desire. You believe the Bible and would defend it zealously, but your zeal to be in His Word is waning.
Perhaps the problem lies in your approach. Our goal over the next two days is to provide you with tools to help you get the most out of your time in God's Word. The point is to make Bible reading a priority and never allow yourself to be a passive reader. Active reading employs strategies designed to increase a reader's involvement with a text to ensure comprehension and retention.
- Ask yourself pre-reading questions – What do I already believe about this topic?
- Mark key words and phrases – Always read with pen in hand.
- Use colors for important themes – Underline or highlight themes in different colors. (God in yellow; Love in red; Sin in gray; Family in blue)
- Draw symbols at important words – A triangle over any mention of God; A cross next to the name of Jesus; a heart over the word love.
- Bracket the main idea – Write it in your own words in the margin.
- Write questions in the margin or in a notebook as you read –Further reading may answer them or they may lead to further study.
Practice some active reading strategies in 1 John 4:7–12.
|7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.|
Two Year Chronological Reading Plan - Today's Readings: