The Bible says, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them” (Psalm 119:165 NLT).
Do you often find yourself annoyed, easily angered, or your patience pushed to the limit?Is your day a roller coaster of emotions determined by others words and actions? So what do you do to get past these reactions? Increase your love for God's Word!
In other words, the more you love and obey the Bible, the less you''ll be offended by what others say. The more you love God’s Word, the less you're offended by what happens to you. The more you love God’s Word, the less your walk with God will be disturbed. Some translations say, 'they will not stumble'. That's steadfastness! Uninterrupted spiritual walking!
The Bible is God's word to us. It is His directive for living. His decrees and regulations are set before us in his Holy Word. It's where we find His track record of faithfulness and His undying, relentless love for us. This verse encourages us to dig deeper into the Bible so that we will become more and more steadfast. It tells us that the more we dig into scripture the greater our love will be for God and his precious word. And in doing so we will be less offended by others.
We become steadfast in Christ. In response to His great love and sacrifice we will find it harder and harder to willfully sin. Our words will become more gentle, our hearts more compassionate, and our hands more helpful. We begin to see others as God sees us... Broken and Beautiful. Our love for God's law opens our eyes to a new perspective.
David knew the value of reading, meditation, and application of scripture. He loved it so much that he wrote 176 continuous verses about the greatness of God's decrees, ordinances, words, precepts, and commandments. Go ahead! Read Psalm 119 and ask God to increase your love of his word! That's a prayer He's sure to honor!