Soaked In Scripture Series – Memorizing the Bible One Verse at a Time – Week 2
I am currently working through a 14-day devotional from Illustrated Faith called “I Am”. While I was reading the scripture one day, I continued on reading past the foundational scripture. The verse that I read really threw me for a loop. 1 John 4:20 says, “If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?”
Whoa! Does this verse apply when I go to the grocery store and someone is taking up an entire aisle, not bothering to move out of the way or practice common grocery store courtesy, and I want to give them a piece of my mind, or at the very least, throw sharp daggers their way?? I would say I am kind of hating on that person. I certainly hate the grocery store. So, I can’t very well leave there with all this hate in my heart and claim to love God.
In fact, it is really hard to leave my house and not encounter “that person”. You know the one I’m talking about. I should also confess that I have said a time or two that people just plain get on my nerves or even that I don’t like people. Not you, of course! We all love people who are “like us”: who like to Bible journal; and who have kids; and who love Jesus; and who have the similar interests as us. That part is easy.
So, this scripture was like a cold drink splashed right in my face. I could literally feel conviction all over me when I read that portion of the Bible. God isn’t talking about my blood related brother. He is talking about my brothers and sisters in Christ. Verse 7 & 8 of that same chapter says, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 – He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.”
This is really an area that I need to work on and pray about. God commands that if we love Him we must also love our brother also.
That means extending grace even when you don’t feel like it. That means putting yourself in that person’s shoes, that means entertaining the theory that maybe someone is going through something tough right now, that means cutting someone a little slack. Maybe it even means we offer help.
That means smiling at “lady hogs-the-aisle” at the store, that means giving the guy that cuts us off in traffic a break, that means (insert your own scenario here).
Grace is something I desperately need help with. Holy Spirit kind of help. I’m not going to love “that person” without God’s help. But, I know that this week’s verse really spoke to my heart concerning how I react to people. I can’t be hateful to people and claim to love God; I need to walk the walk.
On another note. The last verse we memorized together was a success for me! The technique that really helped me learn the verse was to write the verse out on a sticky note and then I placed it on my bathroom mirror. I also wrote the verse out on an index card and carried it with me, but it was the sticky note in the bathroom that helped me the most.
If you missed the memorization verse from last week, you can find it here.
This week’s verse again is 1 John 4:20 — If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
Tips for learning this week’s scripture verse:
- Talk to God about your desire to learn His word. Prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit to come along side you and help you in this endeavor to learn new verses.
- Write the scripture out on an index card and carry it with you everywhere you go and refer to it often throughout your day.
- Write the scripture out on a sticky note and stick it to places that you spend time the most e.g. the bathroom mirror, your computer screen, current book you are reading, anywhere!
- Find the scripture online and save the image as your background on your computer or phone.
- Illustrate the scripture in your Bible. You can do this with a pen and underline the verse or use a highlighter to highlight the verse. I have a journaling Bible, so I used stamps and color to really add an image that ‘pops’ to may page.
- Write the verse out several times on notebook paper. Did anyone ever have to write lines in school? “I will not stick gum in little Penny’s hair” 500 times? Same idea here.
The illustration that I used here was easy, simple and fun! I simply swiped some black acrylic paint across my margin and let it dry. Then I used a set that I downloaded from the Print and Pray shop from Illustrated Faith, cut out the pieced that I wanted and placed them on the page using glue. I then finished off with some washi tape here and then and some journaling. You can find the Print and Pray shop by Illustrated Faith here.
Until next time!