The Bible is a living book with an eternal message. The more we read it, the more God’s words fill us. We get to know God better. When we read it, we find wisdom and guidance on how to deal with our lives.
Although the entire Bible is full of beautiful truths and advice for every occasion in our lives, there are certain books that we need to read over and over again.
This book tells us dramatic stories: Abraham and Sarah had a son in their old age, a wife’s miraculous provision for Isaac and Jacob’s two wives fighting for his favor. We read about Jacob’s jealous sons selling his brother Joseph, his father’s favorite, as slaves, and how God ironically used Joseph to save them from famine later.
It helps us to know Jesus better. Many of us love this book because of its beautiful and inspiring language. It describes Jesus and the relationship we can have with Him.
We find hope and inspiration in Jesus’ statements “I am”: “I am the bread of life” (John 6:35), “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12), “I am the good Shepherd »(John 10:11),« I am the resurrection and the life »(John 11:25), and« I am the way, the truth and the life »(John 14: 6).
More mystical and philosophical than the other three gospels, John presents the most compelling argument in favor of Jesus’ supernatural identity as the Son of God. Only John calls Jesus the Word of God: “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14).
John declares his purpose for this book: “that you believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that believing that you can have life in his name” (John 20:31).
Written masterfully by the apostle Paul, Romans presents a compelling argument as to why we need a Savior. We often quote verses from Romans to share the gospel, (Romans 5: 8).
chapter 8 is the favorite passage for many Christians, it contains so much uplifting truth in 39 verses.
If you want a simple manual on prayer, turn to the Psalms. They teach us how to relate to God in all circumstances.
They express regret, praise, joy, and despair. We can find psalms that satisfy our need to grieve, confess our sins, ask God for help or express joy and thanks.
This book covers useful topics for the Christian life, such as unity in the body of Christ, advice for husbands, wives and families, as well as how to participate in spiritual warfare so that we can stand firm in our faith.
If you need wisdom or simply a general manual of “how to make life,” read Proverbs.
Solomon’s book of brief and forceful statements gives us the eternal truth for an effective life. That is why many of our grandparents grew up listening to Proverbs read at the breakfast table. In it, we find good advice for everything from relationships, marriage, and family to work and money.
Proverbs teach us about self-control, wise speech, planning, justice, leadership, success and love.
When life depresses us and joy almost disappears, the Philippians encourage us to look beyond our circumstances and find joy in Jesus Christ.
In just four chapters, Paul mentions joy or joy sixteen times; In fact, the simple fact of remembering that Paul wrote this cheerful letter from a Roman prison reminds us that maybe my life is not as bad as we think. If he could say, “Rejoice always in the Lord,” surely we can also (Philippians 4: 4).
When we need a reminder of God’s love for us, 1 John encourages us with many affirmations of God´s amazing love. In just five chapters, John touches on issues of light, victory in Christ, communion with God, forgiveness for our sins and security of eternal life.
This short book challenges us to take practical measures to represent our faith, instead of just talking about it.
James begins with a special stimulus for people who undergo tests and for those who need wisdom. Continue with wise advice on listening before speaking, obeying God’s Word, tame our tongues and show generosity to the poor.
Like many Old Testament prophets, Isaiah can be difficult to read because of his strong words of judgment against disobedience and sin. However, it also gives us a beautiful picture of holiness, majesty, compassion and God’s plan of redemption.
Isaiah offers powerful words of encouragement and comfort: “Those who wait on the Lord will renew their strength. They will fly on wings like eagles; they will run and not get tired, they will walk and they will not pass out ”(Isaiah 40:31).