[From Feb. 3, 2015]
The goal of scripture journaling is to read the Bible "devotionally." It's the act of looking for just one insight... one interesting word, phrase, concept, image or passage... and then writing about it. 95% of the time I'm able to do just that. Occasionally, I hit a dry spot and nothing really jumps out at me. So on some days I close my journal and come back the next day to start over. Other times, however, there's a LARGE section of scripture that emerges as pertinent to my heart and life.
Such is the case today.
I stumbled upon this wonderful passage from Romans 12:9-18... And instead of journling about each phrase that has meaning to me (that are way too many to do that!), I'm going to let the passage speak for itself.
"(v.9) Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; (v.10) love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. (v.11) Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. (v.12) Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. (v.13) Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers. (v.14) Bless those who persecute you; bless & do not curse them. (v.15) Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. (v.16) Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are... (v.18) If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all."