Applying five principles to your scripture study can help you not only learn more about the Savior but also become more like Him. Love this!
Studying the bible can be hard and even tedious. There is a lot of information packed into the bible and trying to find the relevant scripture you need can seem like an uphill battle. There are so many teachers that stress this part over that, how can you know what to study to learn more about the savior? Here are five simple principles you can use in your studies that make it easier and more beneficial.
1) Understand that the information contained in the bible is relevant to modern times.
Too many times people make the mistake of feeling the information is no longer relevant. Picking and choosing what we want to hear and learn will lead to confusion and missing out on important lessons. Read the bible with the knowledge that it contains lessons and information that translates over the ages.
2) Know that the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross brings us into an age of grace.
Holding ourselves and others to the standards of the ten commandments is fine, but judging when others fail is not. We’re all granted forgiveness and should reciprocate to others. You will better understand how Jesus operates throughout the new testament if you bear this in mind.
3) Every parable told by Jesus is an important lesson.
Jesus is very good about taking big points and painting a simple picture so that we understand them completely. The parables are a series of stories sprinkled throughout the new testament that serve as lessons for the ages. Every one of them can easily be applied today and give us an insight into the nature of God and the savior.
4) Mimic the interaction methods of the savior.
The bible documents many interactions of Jesus with other people. Even when he was correcting his disciples, he did so with grace and afforded them much dignity. The last commandment given by him is that we love one another as God loves us.
5) Work changes within yourself to change what’s around you.
We are each accountable for our own actions and reactions. You do not have the ability to change anyone but yourself. Applying scriptural knowledge to your own life can have a domino effect. It causes ripples of good to go forth out into the world.