Micah 6:8: He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
[This is one of those great “sum it up” verses. Here’s what the Lord requires of you (because it’s good – for Him, for others, for you): balance justice and mercy and walk (humbly) with Him. Walking with someone, of course, gives us the image of always being with someone. Staying in step with someone. Sometimes I wonder what God wants. Here he tells me.]
James 1:26: If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.
[While it may manifest itself in different ways (harshness, gossip, anger, meanness, lies, blame, among others), most of us have difficulty corralling our tongues at times. Because of that, I think this is a hard verse to think about. But, I find when I do try to keep it in the forefront of my mind, I tend to do a better job giving God my tongue reins.]
John 15:4: Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
[I want to bear fruit. This tells me how I can. It also tells me how I can make sure I DON’T bear fruit.]
Psalm 127:1a: Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.
[I do not want to labor in vain. I want God to be the builder of our home and family. I think this is difficult, though, when I have ideas about how things should go. This verse helps me remember that my ideas are never going to be better than God’s.]
So, what verses really make you think? Why?