If we are talking about one verse of one scripture, then I would suggest either the verse from Leviticus — “and you shall love your neighbor as yourself” — or the verse from the Prophet Micah — “do justly, love mercy and walk humbly before your God.”
However, for all situations in life, there is no better scripture than the Book of Psalms. The poet David covered all bases.
Looking for the way to a Godly life? Read Psalm 1: “Happy is the one who has not followed the counsel of the wicked, nor taken the path of sinners….”
If you are in need of strength, then open the Book of Psalms to Psalm 38: “Do not abandon me, O Lord, my God, be not far from me; hasten to my aid, O Lord my deliverance.”
Perhaps the greatest Psalm of comfort and trust is the 23rd Psalm: “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”
When I want to be reminded that God is my sure refuge, I turn to Psalm 17: “I call on You; You will answer me, God; turn your ear to me, hear what I say…. Guard me like the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of Your wings.”
And when we are walking in the woods surrounded by the beauties of nature, we are reminded of the Creator God as in Psalm 8: “When I behold Your heavens, the work of Your hands, the moon and the stars that You have set in place….”
To tell the truth, for scripture that covers all the bases, just open your Bible to the Psalms, begin with Psalm 1 and take one Psalm at a time, and you will find the way to a happy and productive life.
David Baylinson, Temple Beth El, Anniston
The Bible is not a rulebook
Too many people approach the Bible as a rulebook to try to live out. The Bible is not a rulebook. It is a testament to us of God’s person and work in the process of redemption.
When reading the Bible, we should first look to meet with the author of the book. God wrote the Bible through the hand of men by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit so that we would know him.
Second, we should read the Bible to understand the Good News or Gospel. The Bible tells us the one and only way to be right with God. The only way is through the gift of the Gospel Jesus Christ.
Third, we should read the Bible to transform our minds. Each of us as sinful creatures must have our worldview shaped by the transforming work of the Holy Spirit through the understanding of Scripture.
Finally, we should read the Bible to understand how to live in every situation of our daily life.
If you reverse the order of why we read the Bible, then you will inevitably become a legalist, not a Christian. You will miss the goodness of relationship with the living God.
Carlton Weathers,17th Street Missionary Baptist Church, Anniston