Memorizing Scripture: Conviction

Originally published by Church on Morgan, Daily Rhythm Reflection, December 19, 2017.

I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
Romans 7:15

Life can be a challenge. Memorizing scripture is a way to invite God’s Spirit to speak truth into our lives, leading us, convicting us when we go astray, and reminding us above all that are forgiven and loved.

…The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.
John 14:26

Here are a few simple examples of how this can look. Imagine that you’re grappling with how to forgive someone who has wronged you deeply and intentionally, when this verse comes to mind:

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13

Or you’re considering your year-end charitable gifts, and you have a number in mind, but you feel a nudge to do more; and then you recall this verse, which addresses the heart behind our gifts:

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7

It’s the holidays and your toddlers have all but climbed the Christmas tree; your patience has worn thin and you fly off the handle in a fit of anger and send them all to bed. Now all you can see in your mind’s eye is those sweet faces, and the guilt is taking you under. Then the Holy Spirit whispers to your heart:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God
Romans 3:23

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Romans 8:1

The more we know God’s Word, the more confidence we will experience in our decisions, depth in our repentance, and joy for the many blessings in our lives.

Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.
Psalm 119:105

Read more about the Daily Rhythm of memorizing Scripture; start here: Memorizing Scripture: Wisdom

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