Previous Verses
March 2021
MARCH 31

When asked who was the greatest in heaven (Matthew 18:1), Jesus told a young child to come over and stand or sit in the middle of the group of people who were around him (Matthew 18:2). Then, comparing Christians to innocent little children, Jesus said:

Matthew 18:6: "But whoso
[whoever] shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me [referring to born-again Christians, and meaning that for the person who harms Christians in any way or causes them to stumble and sin, be misled, lose hope, etc.], it were [would be] better for him [or her--the person doing the harm] that a millstone [one of a pair of large, heavy, circular stones used for grinding grain] were hanged about [or hung around] his [or her] neck, and that he [or she] were drowned in the depth [deepness] of the sea."
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Regarding the last part of the verse, Albert Barnes said:

"… It were better for him that a millstone …  Mills, anciently, were either turned by hand … or by beasts, chiefly by mules. These last were of the larger kind, and the original words denote that it was this kind that was intended. This was one mode of capital punishment practiced by the Greeks, Syrians, Romans, and by some other nations. The meaning is, it would be better for him to have died before he had committed the sin. To injure, or to cause to sin, the feeblest Christian, will be regarded by Christ as a most serious offence, and will be punished accordingly."

(Source: https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/matthew-18.html, "Verses 1-6")

MARCH 30

In the temple at Jerusalem, Jesus (who, in John 10:11, called himself the 'good shepherd') told the Jews:

John 10:27-28: "My sheep
[i.e., people who have been born again according to the Bible] hear my voice [hear and obey my commandments], and I [Jesus] know them, and they follow me [follow my leadership or guidance]: And I [Jesus] give unto them eternal life [in heaven]; and they [the born-again Christians] shall never perish [be sent to hell], neither shall any man [or anyone--people or devils] pluck them out of my hand [remove them from my protection]."
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If you are born again, the above verse also applies to you.

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If you want to be born again (or saved) but don't know what to do, please read one or more of the gospel tracts in the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's the direct link to that page: http://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

MARCH 28-29

Proverbs 28:5: "Evil men
[and women and children, referring to people with evil natures and immoral lifestyles] understand not judgment [do not understand what is just and right] [in other words, they have a twisted sense of right and wrong because they don't understand justice and won't obey the law--ours and/or God's]: but they that seek the LORD [referring to saved people, or born-again Christians, who study the Bible and pray to God for wisdom and guidance] understand all things [regarding spiritual matters and morality]."
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In the first section of his commentary on the above verse, while discussing King Solomon's statement that Evil men understand not judgment, Jim Delany, pastor of Salem Bible Church, wrote:

"5. This is an important principle that we have seen several times in the book of Proverbs: wisdom and understanding in moral areas is not directly linked to intellect.

"a. This kind of discernment is not a matter of the head, but is a matter of the heart.

"b. In other words, you don't need a high IQ to be able to discern spiritual things… moral matters… right and wrong… justice, etc.

"c. Very often an older, uneducated man, who only made it through the sixth grade, has a keener sense of wisdom and discernment in these areas than the Harvard grad who was tops in his class.

"d. The Stanford professors in the department of psychology may be discussing and debating how to handle children who suffer from 'sudden anger syndrome.' They discuss the best therapies and medications to use, while the little old man who never made it past sixth grade may have a much better solution: spank him and tell him to stop!"

If you want to read more of the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-28-index/proverbs-28_5/.

MARCH 27

In the Bible, this is part of a song of praise to God:

Isaiah 26:3: "Thou
[you, God] wilt [will] keep him [or her] in perfect peace, [referring to the person] whose mind is stayed [fixed, focused] on thee [you]: because he [or she] trusteth [trusts] in thee [you]."
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According to Albert Barnes:

"… the mind that has confidence in God shall not be agitated
[troubled, disturbed] by the trials to which it shall be subject; by persecution, poverty, sickness, want, or bereavement …"

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/isaiah-26.html, "Verse 3: In perfect peace")

MARCH 26

Proverbs 26:17: "He
[or she] that passeth [passes] by, and meddleth [meddles, interferes] with strife [arguments or conflicts] belonging not to [or that do not involve] him [or her], is like one [someone] that taketh [takes or grabs] a dog by the ears [and gets bitten]."
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In other words, it's best to mind your own business.

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In his commentary, Pastor Jim Delany of Salem Bible Church tells us that "… this proverb warns us against sticking our noses into other people's arguments that have nothing to do with us" and that "… even if the passer by MEANS well, it does not END well." According to the Bible, "… we are to be peacemakers… not troublemakers."

If you want to read the pastor's commentary, here's the link: https://www.salembible.org/proverbs-index/proverbs-26-index/proverbs-26_17/.

MARCH 25

Jesus Promised Christians a Home in Heaven

During the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples:

John 14:2: "In my Father's
[God's] house [in heaven] are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go [there] to prepare a place for you."

John 14:3: "And if I
[Jesus] go [to heaven] and prepare a place for you, I will come [to earth] again [referring to the rapture and/or the second coming of Christ--see note below*], and receive you unto myself; [so] that where I am [either on earth or in heaven], there ye [you disciples, and all other born-again Christians] may be also."
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*The rapture and the second coming of Christ are described in the following articles:

-- "What is the rapture of the church?
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/rapture-of-the-church.html

-- "What will happen when Jesus returns?"
   
https://www.gotquestions.org/when-Jesus-returns.html

MARCH 24

To the elders of (or leaders in) the church at Ephesus, the apostle Paul said:

Acts 20:35: "I
[Paul] have shewed [shown] you [by instruction and example, regarding] all things, how that [by] so labouring [ministering to the needs of others, as I have done] ye [you] ought to support [help] the weak [members of your congregation--those who are old, sick, poor and needy, etc.] [with prayer, money, assistance, etc.], and [for encouragement] to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give [to others] than to receive [from others] [because, when giving is done willingly and 'from the heart' (with kindness and for the right reasons), the giver ends up being more blessed, or happier, than does the receiver]."
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Here's a good illustration of the meaning of "It is more blessed to give than to receive":

"… Little Robert Manly thought a great deal about pleasing himself, and this is not at all the best way to be happy. One day a poor woman came to Robert's mother to beg a little new milk for her sick baby. Mrs. Manly had none to spare, except what she had saved for her Robert's supper; and at supper time his mother told him how she had given away his milk for the poor sick baby. Robert didn't like this at all, and kept muttering about the milk being his, and nobody else having any right to it. The next day Robert was taken to see this poor family, and it made him shiver to look round on that cheerless home. The poor woman thanked Mrs. Manly over and over again for the new milk. 'It kept the baby still all night,' she said. As they walked home, Robert did not say a word, though he was generally very talkative. At supper time his bowl of milk was set by his plate, but in a few minutes he went to his mother's side and said in a whisper, 'Mother, may I take my milk to the poor sick baby?' 'Yes, my son,' said his mother. By and by he came bounding into the room covered over with snowflakes, and shouting cheerfully, 'Mother, the baby's got the milk. Her mother said, "God bless you, my child!" and, mother, my milk tastes very good tonight (smacking his lips); I mean my no milk.' Yes, little Robert was proving the truth of our Saviour's words …"

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/acts/20-35.html, "The Biblical Illustrator": "The blessedness of giving," paragraph III)

MARCH 23

God Forgives Sin

1 John 1:9: "If we confess our sins
[to God through prayer], he [God] is faithful and just [or 'he keeps his promise'] to forgive us [of] our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness [to purify our hearts and remove the guilt]."

1 John 1:10: "If we say that we have not sinned
[see note below*], we make him [God] a liar, and his word [his truth; i.e., the fact that all people are fallen beings and need a Savior] is not in us [and, consequently, we are not true Christians]."
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God has promised to forgive our sins. All we need to do is ask.

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Your first prayer should be to admit that you're a sinner and to ask Jesus to come into your heart and save you from hell. You only have to do this once. After that, you should get in the habit of asking for God's forgiveness on an ongoing or daily basis--whenever you realize that you've done something wrong.

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In response to the apostle John's statement in the verse 10 above that "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar," James Burton Coffman wrote the following:

"… God gave his only begotten Son upon the cross that man might be saved from sin, a salvation that was impossible for any man apart from God's redeeming act. If man had not been sinful and utterly helpless to achieve salvation for himself, all of the heavenly outpouring of God's merciful visitation in the person of his Son
[Jesus] was unnecessary; the crucifixion was a useless murder; and every promise of the gospel is essentially a lie …"

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/1-john/1-10.html, "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible")

MARCH 21-22

More Soul Winners Needed!

Matthew 9:35: "And Jesus went about
[traveled to] all the cities and villages [of Galilee], teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel [good news] of the kingdom [of God; i.e., heaven], and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Matthew 9:36: "But when he saw the multitudes
[crowds--large numbers of people who had followed him], he was moved with compassion on [sympathy, pity, and concern for] them, because they fainted [not only from weakness, exhaustion, hunger, thirst, etc., but also from spiritual burdens], and were scattered abroad [spread out over a large area], as [like, similar to] sheep having no shepherd."

Matthew 9:37-38: "Then saith
[said] he [Jesus] unto his disciples, The harvest [referring to people seeking spiritual guidance and salvation] truly is plenteous [abundant, plentiful], but the labourers are few [in number]; Pray ye [you] therefore [to] the Lord of the harvest [God], that he will send forth labourers [Christian workers, missionaries, soul winners, etc.] into his harvest [to teach those people about the Bible and show them how to be saved]."
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Jesus said that the world needs more soul winners. Won't you please, as Jesus requested, ask God to send them and/or consider becoming one yourself?

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Soul winning, which is also called personal evangelism, consists of more than one part. It's explained, along with some tips on doing it successfully, in the article entitled "What is personal evangelism?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/personal-evangelism.html.

MARCH 20

Hebrews 9:27: "And as it is appointed
[by God] unto men [and women and children, with few exceptions--see note below*] once to die [to die only once], but after this [occurs, then comes] the judgment [by God, in heaven; i.e., at the Great White Throne Judgment for those who are not saved, and at the Judgment Seat of Christ for those who have been born again according to the Bible--see note below**]:"
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Please don't gamble with your life. If you want to go to heaven when you die, you must be saved now--before it's too late.

Note: For detailed explanations of the plan of salvation, please visit the "Printable Gospel Tracts" section of my website. Here's a direct link to that page:
https://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

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*In the Bible, a few people didn't die at all, and some died more than once (such as Jesus' friend, Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead). Regarding this fact, Matthew Poole wrote:

"… No man
[no person] can keep himself [or herself] from this [i.e., dying once], it being the general rule of God's proceeding with all persons. The Supreme Legislator [God] may make what exceptions and provisos to his law he pleaseth [pleases]. Those that were translated [taken to heaven] by him, did suffer a change proportionable to death, as [did] Enoch, [per] Hebrews 11:5 Genesis 5:24, and Elijah, [per] 2 Kings 2:11,12; and those [Christians] that shall be changed at [Jesus] Christ's coming [during the rapture] must undergo the like, as [per] 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 1 Thessalonians 4:17 …"

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/hebrews/9-27.html, "Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible")

In addition to the above quote, you may want to read GotQuestion.org's answer to the question "Why did God take Enoch and Elijah to heaven without them dying?" Here's the link:
https://www.gotquestions.org/Enoch-Elijah.html.

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**The Great White Throne Judgment and Judgment Seat of Christ are described in the article entitled "What does the Bible say about when God will judge us?" It can be found here: https://www.gotquestions.org/judgment.html.

MARCH 19

1 Corinthians 10:32: "Give none offence
[don't say or do anything that might prevent others from being saved or that could hinder their Christian growth and/or lead them to sin], neither to the Jews [i.e., the unbelieving Jewish people], nor to the Gentiles [the unconverted (unsaved) non-Jewish people], nor to the church of God [which includes all born-again Christians]:"
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In other words, we should always try to not offend anyone (no matter what their race or religion may be) through our words and actions.

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Regarding the apostle Paul's advice, in the above verse, to [g]ive none offense, Dr. Thomas Constable said:

"Giving no offense means putting no obstacle in the path of a person be he
[or she] Jew … or Gentile … so that he [or she] might come to faith in Christ. If he [or she] is already a believer, it means putting nothing in his [or her] way that would hinder his [or her] growth in Christ … It is not a matter of simply 'hurting someone's feelings …'"

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/1-corinthians/10-32.html, "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable")

MARCH 18

The following prayer to God was probably written by King David:

Psalm 119:11: "Thy
[your] word [O God] have I [David] hid [hidden] in mine [my] heart [meaning King David was in the habit of memorizing verses in the Bible, which is referred to as God's word], [so] that I might not sin against thee [you]."
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Jesus quoted scripture when he was tempted by the devil in the wilderness. (See "What was the meaning and purposes of Jesus' temptations," https://www.gotquestions.org/Jesus-temptations.html, for details.)

By memorizing God's word, we learn what we should and should not do, and we can follow Jesus' example of dealing with Satan whenever we are faced with temptation in our daily lives.

MARCH 17

John 1:3: "All things
[in the universe] were made [created. formed from nothing] by him [Jesus Christ, the Son of God (who is also known as God the Son, the second Person of the Trinity--see note below*)]; and without [apart from] him was not any thing made that was made [which means that nothing came into existence without the exertion of Jesus' power]."
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*The Godhead consists of three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This concept, which  is called the Trinity, is explained in the following article: "What does it mean that the Trinity is God in three Persons?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/God-in-three-persons.html.

MARCH 15-16

Jesus Teaches About Forgiveness

Matthew 18:21: "Then came Peter to him
[Jesus], and said, Lord, how oft [often] shall my brother [or sister, or any other person] sin against me, and I [should] forgive him [or her]? till [until] seven times?"

Matthew 18:22: "Jesus saith
[says] unto him [Peter], I say not unto thee [you], Until seven times [7 × 7 = 49]: but, Until seventy times seven [70 × 7 = 490, by which Jesus meant an unlimited amount]."
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Albert Barnes has a good commentary on verse 22. Here's what it says:

"Till seven times? - The Jews caught
[taught?] that a man was to forgive another three times, but not the fourth. Peter more than doubled this, and asked whether forgiveness was to be exercised to so great an extent.

"I say not unto thee, Until seven times, but, Until seventy times seven - The meaning is, that we are not to limit our forgiveness to any fixed number of times … As often as a brother injures us and asks forgiveness, we are to forgive him. It is, indeed, his duty to ask forgiveness … If he does this, it is our duty to declare that we forgive him, and to treat him accordingly. If he does not ask us to forgive him, yet we are not at liberty to follow him with revenge and malice, but are still to treat him kindly and to do him good …"

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/matthew-18.html, "Verse 22")

MARCH 13-14

God Loves Israel

Genesis 12:1: "Now the LORD
[God] had said unto Abram [or Abraham, as he was later renamed by God--see note below*], Get thee [you] out of thy [your] country [the land where you were born, which was Ur of the Chaldees in Mesopotamia], and [away] from thy kindred [relatives], and from thy father's house [household, or 'away from the family of your father, Terah'], unto a land [called Canaan] that I will shew thee [show you]:"

Genesis 12:2: "And I
[God] will make of thee [from you, Abram] a great nation [i.e., Israel], and I will bless thee, and make thy name great [important, special, well-known]; and thou shalt [you shall] be a blessing [to many people throughout the world]:"

Genesis 12:3: "And I
[God] will bless them [the people] that bless thee [you (Abram) and your descendants, referring to the nation of Israel], and [I will] curse him [or them] that curseth [curses (or curse)] thee [you (Abram) and the nation of Israel]: and in thee [or from you (Abram) and your offspring (i.e., the Jewish people) will come the Lord Jesus Christ (Son of God, Messiah, and Savior), and through his death, burial, and resurrection] shall all families of the earth be blessed [because they will then, through faith, have access to God's free gift of eternal life]."
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*The following article explains why Abram's name was changed: "Why did God sometimes change a person's name in the Bible?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/name-change.html.

MARCH 12

Perjury and Cursing: Taking God's Name in Vain

These were God's instructions, through Moses, to the children of Israel:

Leviticus 19:12: "And ye
[you, the Jewish people] shall not swear by my [God's] name falsely [for example, by lying on the witness stand in court after taking an oath to tell the truth], neither shalt thou [nor shall you] profane [dishonor, treat with irreverence or contempt, use in an unholy way] the name of thy [your] God: I am the LORD."
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Everyone (not just Jewish people) should always treat God's name with respect.

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A good article about this subject is "What does it mean to take the Lord's name in vain?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/Lords-name-vain.html.

MARCH 9-11

Tithes and Offerings

Speaking to the nation of Israel through his prophet Malachi in the Old Testament, God said:

Malachi 3:8-9: "Will a man
[or woman or child] rob God? Yet ye [you] have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee [you]? In tithes and offerings [see note below*]. Ye [you Israelites] are cursed with a curse [which, in this case, meant that no rain would fall, and as a result, there would be a shortage of food in the land]: for [because] ye have robbed me [by withholding (not giving me) your tithes and offerings], even this whole nation [of Israel] [is cursed]."

Malachi 3:10: "Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse
[i.e., the treasury, which, in Bible times, was located in the temple in Jerusalem], [so] that there may be meat [food] in mine [my] house [for the priests and Levites (other members of the priestly tribe of Levi) to eat], and prove [try, test] me now herewith, saith [says] the LORD of hosts [or 'God of the armies of heaven'], [to see] if I will not open [for] you the windows of heaven [and send rain to water your crops], and pour you out a blessing [in the form of abundant food], [so much food, in fact] that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

Malachi 3:11, 12: "And I
[God] will rebuke [restrain, hold back] the devourer [locusts, caterpillars, etc.] for your sakes, and he [the devourer] shall not destroy the fruits of your ground [your crops]; neither shall your vine [grapevine] cast [throw down, drop] her fruit [grapes] before the time in the field [before it becomes ripe], saith the LORD of hosts. And all nations shall call you [Israel] blessed: for ye shall be a delightsome [very pleasing, delightful] land, saith the LORD of hosts."
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In these verses, we see that God blesses people who obey his commands and curses those who don't.

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*Word definitions:

-- Tithe: A tenth of everything that was earned and grown, which was needed to support the temple and feed the priests and their helpers and families in Old Testament times.

-- Offering: Money that was given willingly to the Lord's work in addition to the tithe.

Tithing was mandatory (required) in Old Testament times, but free-will (voluntary) offerings are the preferred method of giving today. For more on this subject, you may want to read one or more of the following articles:

-- "What is the difference between tithes and offerings?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/tithes-and-offerings.html)

-- "Does the teaching on tithing in Malachi 3:9-10 apply to us today?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/Malachi-tithing.html)

-- "Should a Christian tithe off miscellaneous income?
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https://www.gotquestions.org/tithe-miscellaneous.html)

-- "Does our tithe all have to go to our church or can part of it go to a Christian ministry?"
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https://www.gotquestions.org/tithes-church-ministry.html)

MARCH 8

Isaiah 55:6: "Seek ye
[search or look for] the LORD [God] while he may be found, call ye [you] upon him [in prayer, for salvation] while he is near:"
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In other words, don't procrastinate. Ask Jesus (who was God in the flesh--see note below*) to save you now, before it's too late.

Note:
For a detailed explanation of the plan of salvation, please read one or more of the gospel tracts on my website. You'll find them here:
http://www.mansioninheaven.com/PrintableGospelTracts.html.

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Regarding Isaiah's encouragement in the above verse for us to call upon him, Albert Barnes said:

"… How easy are the terms of salvation! How just will be the condemnation of a sinner if he
[or she] will not call upon God! Assuredly, if people will not breathe out one broken-hearted petition to the God of heaven that they may be saved, they have only to blame themselves if they are lost. The terms of salvation could be made no easier; and man can ask nothing more simple."

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bnb/isaiah-55.html, "Verse 6")

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*According to the Bible, Jesus Christ is the Son of God, or God the Son, in human form. This is explained in the article entitled: "Who is Jesus Christ?" If you want to read it, here's the link: https://www.gotquestions.org/who-is-Jesus.html.

MARCH 7

What We Say and How We Say It -- Both Are Important

The following is advice to religious leaders (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers) and Christians from the apostle Paul:

Ephesians 4:15: "But speaking the truth
[regarding all things, especially when preaching and teaching about the Bible] in love [with kindness], [so that] [we who are born again] may grow up into [spiritually mature people, deeply rooted in] him [Jesus Christ] in all things [i.e., faith, truth, knowledge, love, and all the parts of the 'new man'*], which [person, referring to Jesus] is the head [or ruler] [of the 'body of Christ,' which is comprised (made up) of all members of the true Christian church], even [Jesus] Christ:"
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*According to the Bible (2 Corinthians 5:17), a new man is a born-again Christian.

MARCH 6

Judging Others

During his Sermon on the Plain, Jesus told his followers:

Luke 6:36: "Be ye
[you] therefore merciful [kind and compassionate] [to others], as your Father [in heaven, referring to God] also is merciful [to you]."

Luke 6:37: "Judge not
[don't judge others in a rash (reckless, impulsive), censorious (severely critical), and unjust way], and ye shall not be judged [unfairly] [by others or God]: condemn not [don't condemn (express complete disapproval of) others], and ye shall not be condemned [by others or God]: forgive [others], and ye shall be forgiven [by others and God]:"
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In regard to judging and condemning others, Albert Barnes says:

"…
[Jesus] Christ does not condemn judging as a magistrate [as a judge, in a court of law], for that, when according to justice, is lawful and necessary. Nor does he condemn our 'forming an opinion' of the conduct of others, for it is impossible 'not' to form an opinion of conduct that we know to be evil. But what he refers to is a habit of forming a judgment hastily, harshly, and without an allowance for every palliating circumstance [referring to attempts to lessen or tone down the seriousness of a fault], and a habit of 'expressing' such an opinion harshly and unnecessarily when formed. It rather refers to private judgment than 'judicial' [legal], and perhaps primarily to the customs of the scribes and Pharisees."

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/matthew-7.html, "Verse 1")

MARCH 5

Christian Contentment: The Secret of Happiness

In a letter to the saints (born-again Christians) at Philippi, after thanking them for their kindness in sending him a gift while he was a prisoner in Rome, the apostle Paul wrote:

Philippians 4:11: "Not that I
[Paul] speak in respect of want [or 'I'm not talking about things that I may want or need']: for I have learned [from God and through experience], in whatsoever state I am [wherever I am or whatever condition I'm in], therewith to be content [I should be satisfied (at peace) with it]."
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Paul is a good example for us to follow. Even though he was locked up in prison, he didn't complain about his circumstances, and when we're in an unpleasant place or situation and things aren't going as well as we'd like them to go, we shouldn't complain either.

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Regarding Christian contentment, one Bible commentator wrote:

"… What are the ingredients of Christian contentment, and what are the ruling considerations which should make a Christian happy and thankful to be what he
[or she] is? (1) The first motive, common in a large measure to St. Paul [the apostle] and to the wiser heathen [non-Jewish person], is that nothing earthly either lasts or satisfies. Why not acquiesce in [accept] whatever befalls us when all is relatively unimportant, relatively insignificant? (2) The second motive for cherishing a contented spirit is confidence in the wise and loving providence of God. We each are placed where we are. God is too 'wise not to know all about us and not to know what it is best for us to be and to have; and God is too good not to desire our highest good, and too powerful if He desires not to effect it. Our true course is to remember that He [God] sees further than we do, and that we shall understand Him in time when His plans have unfolded themselves. (3) The third motive is that a Christian in a state of grace already possesses God: [Jesus said:] 'If any man love Me, My Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode [home] with him.' Surely, if these Divine words are real to us, we must know that nothing that is finite [having limits or bounds] can be needed to supplement this our firm hold upon the infinite [limitless], that no created thing can add to what we have in possessing the Creator [which is what happens when we ask Jesus to come into our hearts and save us from hell]."

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/philippians/4-11.html, "Sermon Bible Commentary")

MARCH 4

In this verse, the apostle John was writing specifically to Christians, but what he said also applies to people in general:

1 John 3:17: "But whoso
[whoever] hath [has] this world's good [things--in his (or her) possession], and seeth [sees] his [or her] brother [or sister or other person, especially another Christian] have need [or 'notices that someone needs food, clothing, shelter, and other basic necessities'], and shutteth [shuts] up his [or her] bowels of compassion from him [or her--or is hardhearted and refuses to help that person], how dwelleth the love of God in him [or her--or how can the love of God dwell, live, or be in him (or her)]?"

MARCH 3

In this verse, the writer of the psalm (probably King David) was praying to God.

Psalm 119:165: "Great peace
[calmness of mind] have they which love thy [your] law [dear Lord, referring to people who love and obey God's word, as recorded in the Bible]: and nothing [that happens, including trouble, disappointment, temptation, etc.] shall offend them [or 'cause them to be depressed or discouraged or to stumble and fall--into sin']."

MARCH 2

Habakkuk 2:15: "Woe
[great sorrow or distress] unto him [or her--the person] that giveth [who gives] his [or her] neighbour [neighbor, friend, acquaintance, etc.] [alcoholic beverages to] drink, that puttest [who puts or gives] thy [your] [liquor] bottle to him [or her], and makest [makes] him [or her] drunken [drunk or intoxicated] also, [so] that thou [you] mayest [may] look [with devilish pleasure] on their nakedness!"
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This verse may be taken both literally and figuratively. According to Dr. Thomas Constable and many other Bible commentators, it illustrates the fact that …

"God would judge Babylon because the Babylonians had deceived their neighbor nations with the result that they were able to take advantage of them. The Babylonians had behaved like a man who gets a woman drunk so she will lose her self-control and he can then undress her. That the Babylonians took advantage of their victims sexually is implied in the illustration, as is their love for wine."

(Source:
https://www.studylight.org/commentary/habakkuk/2-15.html, "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable")

MARCH 1

Assurance of Salvation

In a letter to born-again Christians, the apostle John wrote:

1 John 5:11: "And this is the record,
[in the Bible, of the message] that God [the Father] hath [has] given to us [born-again Christians] eternal life, and this [eternal] life is in [obtained through] his [God's] Son [Jesus Christ]."

1 John 5:12: "He
[or she--the person] that hath [who has] the Son [of God (i.e., Jesus) in his (or her) heart, referring to all who have accepted / received / trusted Jesus as Savior] hath [eternal] life; and he [or she] that hath not [does not have] the Son of God [Jesus--in his (or her) heart] hath not [does not have] [eternal] life."

1 John 5:13: "These things have I
[John] written unto you [people] that believe on the name of the Son of God [referring to born-again Christians, or those who trust in Jesus alone for salvation]; [so] that ye [you] may know [be assured] that ye have eternal life, and that ye may [continue to] believe on the name of the Son of God."
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John wrote these verses with the hope that having the assurance of salvation will strengthen our faith.


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