Happy May, dear friends! I pray that this month finds you basking in the beauty and promise of spring! New life, resurrection, and joy!
Last year at this time I chose the following verses from Colossians, Chapter 4, verses 2, 5 & 6:
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
My dear friend (and the one who roped me into this scripture memory thing last year) Cara had chosen these verses in April and I loved them. They are such a good reminder to always be careful about how we talk with those around us, anyone we might encounter. These verses have helped me hold my tongue in situations where I might have thought it was okay to lash out a little at a stranger or be a bit snippy (particularly in situations where I felt I was being treated unfairly in a customer service scenario). I am getting much better at being pleasant to strangers and acquaintances no matter the circumstances, and I feel that I owe that improvement to memorizing these verses.
Now before I start sounding too puffed up, let me say two important things. 1. I still get it wrong sometimes with “outsiders.” 2. I very frequently get it wrong with “insiders,” those inside my closest circles, those nearest to me (relatives, people living under my roof, etc.). So much room for improvement there.
This year in the Sermon on the Mount we are knee deep in some tough stuff. Last time I posted verses about adultery, lust and gouging. Now we’re looking at Jesus’s take on divorce. Ouch.
31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.
I don’t even know what to say about this. Divorce is hard. Marriage can be hard. Jesus wants us to love one another, not hurt one another, to put others above ourselves. It’s not supposed to be easy. If you would like to join a more in-depth discussion of these verses, click here.
Please post your verses below, and any you were working on last year, along with your commentary about both! And feel free to comment on each other’s verses. I have not been very consistent about commenting and I apologize! But I love the community that has formed around the Lord’s Word here!
Thank you, and may the Lord bless you and keep you!