APRIL 30 - The Golden Rule

Matthew 7:12: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them:
for this is the law and the prophets [Old Testament teaching]."

APRIL 29

Luke 6:36-37: "Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father [God] also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:"

APRIL 28

Psalm 19:7: "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple."

APRIL 27

2 Corinthians 13:5: "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith [are true Christians]; prove your own
selves [prove your piety by subjecting it to actual trial in the various duties and responsibilities of life]. Know
ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates [counterfeit Christians]?"

[Note: Albert Barnes has an excellent commentary on the above verse. To read it, click on the following link
(
www.godvine.com/bible/2-corinthians/13-5), then scroll down the page until you get to the section entitled
"Barnes' Notes."]

APRIL 26

Deuteronomy 27:15: "Cursed be the man that maketh any graven or molten image, an abomination unto the LORD, the work of the hands of the craftsman, and putteth it in a secret place. And all the people  shall answer and say, Amen."

APRIL 25

Proverbs 12:4: "A virtuous [morally excellent] woman is a crown to her husband: but she that maketh ashamed is as rottenness in his bones."

APRIL 24

Romans 12:10-13: "Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love [treat fellow Christians like family]; in honour preferring [respecting] one another; Not slothful [lazy] in business; fervent [enthusiastic] in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope [of eternal life]; patient in tribulation; continuing instant [persevering] in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints [fellow Christians]; given to hospitality [friendly reception and treatment of guests and strangers]."

APRIL 23

Psalm 145:2 [King David's prayer to God]: "Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever."

APRIL 22

2 Timothy 3:12: "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus [born-again Christians who obey God] shall suffer persecution."

APRIL 21

Acts 1:6-9: "When they [the apostles] therefore were come together [after the resurrection], they asked of him [Jesus], saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father [God] hath put in his own power. But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you [at Pentecost]: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up [to heaven]; and a cloud received him out of their sight."

APRIL 20

1 Corinthians 15:12-18 [the apostle Paul, in a letter to the Corinthian church]: "Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain [useless]. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ [have died as Christians] are perished [destroyed]."

APRIL 19

Matthew 12:40 [Jesus speaking]: "For as Jonas [Jonah] was three days and three nights in the whale's belly;
so shall the Son of man
[Jesus] be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."

APRIL 18

Isaiah 53:6: "All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and [on the cross] the LORD hath laid on him [Jesus] the iniquity [sins] of us all."

APRIL 17

Proverbs 3:7-8: "Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones."

APRIL 16

Proverbs 29:1: "He, that being often reproved [criticized or corrected] hardeneth his neck [becomes stubborn and obstinate], shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."

APRIL 15

Exodus 12:1-14: "And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month [Abib, or Nisan--March/April] shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance [intestines] thereof. And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded [with long, loose clothes tied up], your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite [strike] all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the LORD. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the LORD throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever."

APRIL 14

Philippians 4:19 [Paul and Timothy, in a letter to the church at Philippi]: "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."

APRIL 13

Psalm 37:21: "The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth."

APRIL 12

Proverbs 30:5: "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him."

APRIL 11

Hebrews 11:6: "But without faith it is impossible to please him [God]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is [exists], and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."

APRIL 10

Proverbs 26:27: "Whoso[ever] diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him."

APRIL 9

1 Samuel 2:7: "The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up."

APRIL 8

Psalm 62:10: "Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase [without your having oppressed or robbed anyone], set not your heart upon them."

APRIL 7

Proverbs 22:9: "He that hath a bountiful eye shall be blessed; for he giveth of his bread to the poor."

APRIL 6

Acts 5:1-11: "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession, And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it [knowing about it], and brought a certain part [of the money], and laid it at the apostles' feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost [died]: and great fear came on all them that heard these things. And the young men arose, wound him up, and carried him out, and buried him. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in. And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much. Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out. Then fell she down straightway at his feet, and yielded up the ghost: and the young men came in, and found her dead, and, carrying her forth, buried her by her husband. And great fear came upon all the church, and upon as many as heard these things."

APRIL 5

Romans 8:1: "There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus [born-again Christians], who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."

APRIL 4

Proverbs 19:23: "The fear of the LORD tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide [remain, continue to be] satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

APRIL 3

Revelation 4:10-11 [what the apostle John saw when he was transported "in the spirit" to heaven]: "The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne [God], and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created."

APRIL 2

Genesis 2:20-24: "And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto [adhere to, stick to, join with] his wife: and they shall be one flesh."

APRIL 1

1 Corinthians 11:8-9: "For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man."


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