I fuss at my daughter all the time because she has very bad study skills. She has always done well in school, but up until high school, she never really had to study. I explained to her and she is learning the hard way I'm afraid, that sometimes you have to put in the work if you want to make the grades.
Timothy 2:15 "Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed, correctly handling the word of truth."
The Bible is no different. In order for us to be able to teach anyone anything about God, we must first read and understand it ourselves. Growing up, I learned alot of Bible scriptures. Actually in Lads to Leaders/Leaderettes, we had competitions on how many Bible scriptures we could remember. But Timothy says to " study" not memorize. We have to devote our entire minds and souls into correctly learning and understanding God word. We have to study for God's approval, not man. We are not trying please the world, but God alone. And after we study, we should not be ashamed or have any fear when it comes to God's word. His word is true and ther is no need to be embarrassed about anything it says. And last, we are to use God's word for the intended purpose...to teach the Word correctly and honestly.
Like I tell my children,the more you study, then people can't just come up to you and tell you something and you take it for their word. If you are studying all the time, then you have the knowledge and wisdom to make a good decision. The Bible is no different. There are alot of people in the world, who twist and turn the Bible into what THEY want it to be for their own selfish purposes. God has given us a great gift in the Bible and it is up to us to strive and learn as much as we can.
I hope you all have a blessed day! Its going to be nice... until next time Lord willing....