S- Proverbs 12:25 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad (AMP). Proverbs 12:25 25 Worry makes the heart heavy. But a kind word cheers it up.
O- Matthew Henry’s commentary: 25. Care, fear, and sorrow, upon the spirits, deprive men of vigour in what is to be done, or courage in what is to be borne. A good word from God, applied by faith, makes the heart glad.
A- This verse was a huge one for me because it spoke to me greatly because I have struggled with anxiety the majority of my life, but did not know it until 3 years ago when I had a panic attack in the car, and my loving boyfriend rushed me to the Redi-Med and from there they took me to the hospital for all kinds of tests. I need to stop fearing because that is weighing down my heart, and to keep reading the word of God and apply it by faith because that will make my heart glad. As I read this verse I also thought of 1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
K- Lord, help me not to let worry weigh my heart down and that by others cheering me up that it will lift my spirits. Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, help me with my anger, bitterness, and anxiety in my life because this is not from you I know that is Satan trying to keep me away from the great things that you have planned for me. Lord, mold me into the woman of God that you have created me to be.
S- Psalm 119:59-60 59 I considered my ways; I turned my feet to [obey] Your testimonies. 60 I made haste and delayed not to keep Your commandments (AMP). Psalm 119:59-60 59 I have thought about the way I live. And I have decided to follow your covenant laws. 60 I won’t waste any time. I will be quick to obey your commands (NIRV).
O- Matthew Henry’s Commentary: True believers take the Lord for the portion of their inheritance, and nothing less will satisfy them. The psalmist prayed with his whole heart, knowing how to value the blessing he prayed for: he desired the mercy promised, and depended on the promise for it. He turned from by-paths, and returned to God’s testimonies. He delayed not. It behoves sinners to hasten to escape; and the believer will be equally in haste to glorify God. No care or grief should take away God’s word out of our minds, or hinder the comfort it bestows. There is no situation on earth in which a believer has not cause to be thankful. Let us feel ashamed that others are more willing to keep from sleep to spend the time in sinful pleasures, than we are to praise God. And we should be more earnest in prayer, that our hearts may be filled with his mercy, grace, and peace.
A- I need to delay not in following God’s testimonies, and to stay away from the broad path and continue to seek the Lord with all of my heart.
P- Lord, help me to follow in your testimonies, and to stay away from the broad path and continue to seek you with all of my heart. Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a right Spirit within me. Thank you Lord for helping me with my anger and bitterness and continue to mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be.
S- Proverbs 11:17 17 The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him], but he who is cruel and callous [to the wants of others] brings on himself retribution (AMP). Proverbs 11:17 17 Those who are kind benefit themselves. But mean people bring ruin on themselves (NIRV).
O- Here is Matthew 5:7 7 Blessed are those who show mercy.They will be shown mercy (NIRV). We are called to show mercy to those who do not necessarily deserve it. God wants us to love others, and be kind to them even when they are not kind to us.
A- I need to remember to show mercy to those who I may not think deserve mercy. I need to continually show others mercy because that is what Jesus would want me to do.
K- Lord, help me to be kind because it will benefit me and to show mercy to those who I may not believe deserve mercy. Lord, thank you for helping me to get rid of my anger and bitterness because I know these are not things in my life that you would have for me or desire to be in me, and continue to mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be. Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me.
S- Psalm 119:49-51 49 Remember [fervently] the word and promise to Your servant, in which You have caused me to hope. 50 This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life. 51 The proud have had me greatly in derision, yet have I not declined in my interest in or turned aside from Your law (AMP). Psalm 119:49-51 49 Remember what you have said to me. You have given me hope. 50 Even when I suffer, I am comforted because you promised to keep me alive. 51 Proud people make fun of me without mercy. But I don’t turn away from your law (NIRV).
O- In verse 49 David is pleading for grace and mercy which he hoped for according to the word. The word helped him during his suffering and kept him alive. Even though David was made fun of for believing in the Lord he still continued to serve the Lord with all of his heart.
A- here are some questions from Matthew Henry’s Commentary: Has God kindled in me desires towards spiritual blessings more than towards any temporal good things, and will he not be so kind as to satisfy those desires? Has he filled me with hopes of those blessings, and will he not be so just as to accomplish these hopes? The Word continues to comfort me as I still grieve the loss of my grandma even though she has been gone over a year ago. I need to continue to do good and stop being afraid of what people may think of me.
P- Lord, remember what you have said to me. You have given me hope, and when I suffer, I am comforted because you promised to keep me alive. Lord, if anybody makes fun of me without mercy help me not to turn away from your word. Help me to love others the way that you loved others. Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, thank you that everyday you are helping me with my anger and pruning out the bitterness within my heart, and mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be.
S- Proverbs 10:29-32 29 The way of the Lord is strength and a stronghold to the upright, but it is destruction to the workers of iniquity. 30 The [consistently] righteous shall never be removed, but the wicked shall not inhabit the earth [eventually]. 31 The mouths of the righteous (those harmonious with God) bring forth skillful and godly Wisdom, but the perverse tongue shall be cut down [like a barren and rotten tree]. 32 The lips of the [uncompromisingly] righteous know [and therefore utter] what is acceptable, but the mouth of the wicked knows [and therefore speaks only] what is obstinately willful and contrary (AMP). Proverbs 10:29-32 29 The way of the Lord is a safe place for those without blame. But that way destroys those who do evil. 30 Those who do right will never be removed from the land. But those who do wrong will not remain in it. 31 The mouths of those who do right produce wisdom. But tongues that speak twisted words will be made silent. 32 Those who do right know the proper thing to say. But those who do wrong speak only twisted words (NIRV).
O- Matthew Henry’s Commentary: 10:29. The believer grows stronger in faith, and obeys with increased delight. 30. The wicked would be glad to have this earth their home for ever, but it cannot be so. They must die and leave all their idols behind. 31,32. A good man discourses wisely for the benefit of others. But it is the sin, and will be the ruin of a wicked man, that he speaks what is displeasing to God, and provoking to those he converses with. The righteous is kept by the power of God; and nothing shall be able to separate him from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.
A- Nothing will separate me from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus.
K- Lord, the way of you is a safe place for those without blame. Help me to remember that my mouth needs to speak words of wisdom, and that it should not speak twisted words. By doing right I will know the proper things to say to others. Lord, create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, thank you for helping me to keep my anger under control, and also for helping me to get rid of the bitterness in my life, and mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be.
S- Proverbs 9 this whole chapter spoke to me because this is about the Way of Wisdom
O- Matthew Henry’s Commentary: Christ has prepared ordinances to which his people are admitted, and by which nourishment is given here to those that believe in him, as well as mansions in heaven hereafter. The ministers of the gospel go forth to invite the guests. The call is general, and shuts out none that do not shut out themselves. Our Saviour came, not to call the righteous, but sinners; not the wise in their own eyes, who say they see. We must keep from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly, or we never can enjoy the pleasures of a holy life. It is vain to seek the company of wicked men in the hope of doing them good; we are far more likely to be corrupted by them. It is not enough to forsake the foolish, we must join those that walk in wisdom. There is no true wisdom but in the way of religion, no true life but in the end of that way. Here is the happiness of those that embrace it. A man cannot be profitable to God; it is for our own good. Observe the shame and ruin of those who slight it. God is not the Author of sin: and Satan can only tempt, he cannot force. Thou shalt bear the loss of that which thou scornest: it will add to thy condemnation.
A- I need to join those who walk in wisdom, and not listen to people who give foolish advice. I must keep away from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly.
K- Lord, help me to join those who walk in wisdom, and not listen to people who give foolish advice, and help me keep away from the company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly. Create in me a pure heart O God, and renew a steadfast Spirit within me. Lord, thank you for pruning out the anger and bitterness within my heart, and mold me into the woman of God that you have called me to be.
Well here is my summary of Week 2 for the Love God Greatly Bible study from what I took away from it this week:
Like David I need to understand God’s rules and how to live them out in my life. I also need to think deeply about all the wonderful things the Lord has done for me. The Lord gives me strength when I feel anxiety come my way, and he will see me through it. I choose to be faithful to God, and put my trust in his laws because he knows what is best for me.
I need to always ask the Lord to help me understand his law so that I will follow it. I want to obey the Word of God with all of my heart. I will continue to ask the Lord to teach me to live as he commands because that will make me happy, and give me an overall well being.
I need to make sure to follow the covenant laws of the Lord instead of looking to things to make me happy. I need to stop turning my eyes to things that are worthless such as worrying about what other people think of me.