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2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5

Inspired by God’s Word

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2 Timothy 3:14 – 4:5

Inspired by God’s Word

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Object suggested: Computer manual or other type of manual and/or a laptop computer.

So you get a new computer. Maybe you know how to set it up and get it going, but most of us need a little help. That is where a manual comes in handy.

A computer manual names the parts of a computer and provides pictures so we know where to find those various parts. The manual tells us how to get the computer started. We learn how to plug the computer into power and where to attach a monitor and a printer.

A manual also has a section on how to take good care of a computer and suggestions for things to avoid; those things which might damage the computer.

If the computer won’t operate as it should, we can read the manual and find suggestions for how to solve the problem.

You can think of the Bible as a manual for how to have a good life. It teaches us how to get the best start – by accepting God’s love, and we learn about the power of God’s love. We find suggestions for how to take good care of ourselves and also suggestions for avoiding things which might harm us.

The Bible can be helpful in providing information and ideas to solve problems. We learn about forgiveness and kindness, and serving others.

“Every Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching…” (3:16). Christians believe that God breathed his Spirit into the words of the Bible. This is a way of saying that the Bible is inspired by God’s Spirit.

This word “inspire” is a wonderful word. When you are inspired it feels like your brain lights up with a good idea and you want to work on that idea right away.

“Inspire” also means to breathe in. Be inspired by what you learn in the Bible. Breathe in God’s love. Fill yourself with His love and create something wonderful with your life.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2013, Richard Niell Donovan