Monday, September 24, 2007

Some Verses

Part of why I created this blog is to keep a log of what I read and some of my thoughts about different books. Lately I've been trying to read a chapter from the New Testament every day. Then I focus on a verse or two that stand out and write about them in my journal. Today's stand out verses were these.
From 1 Corinthians 12:

22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. 23 And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, 24 while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. 25 This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. 26 If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
I've always liked thinking about the church as the body of Christ but these verses brought a new angle to it for me. The angle of the weak and least important being the most necessary. It forced me to ask, what do the weak and seemingly unimportant members of the body look like? And am I treating them as the most necessary?

Here are some other verses that have been standing out to me lately. It's interesting which ones God chooses for me to focus on. I got the verses from and most of them are in the New Living Translation.

1 Cor. 10
11 These things happened to them as examples for us. They were written down to warn us who live at the end of the age.

12 If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall. 13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.

1 Cor. 6
19 Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body.

1 Cor. 4
4 My conscience is clear, but that doesn’t prove I’m right. It is the Lord himself who will examine me and decide.

1 Cor. 2
7 No, the wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God[c]—his plan that was previously hidden, even though he made it for our ultimate glory before the world began.

Gal. 6
2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.

Gal. 4
31 So, dear brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman; we are children of the free woman.

James 5
16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.

James 3
9With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness. (NIV)



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