True Love Bible Reading Challenge
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What Is True Love
Imagine the latest TED talk, only without the lights and platform. The tension of the moment with all eyes on the speaker. Everyone sitting on the edge of their seats with all eyes and ears heightened. In this scenario,they were staring at this teacher named Jesus. And a question was posed to him:
Which commandment is the most important of all?
I wonder at the tone of the questioner’s voice. Was this an honest question, posed with a sincere heart, trying to understand this new Jesus way of religion? Or was it a cynical, “I think I have him on this one” sort of questioning? After all the years of the law with its traditions and regulations, surely this man Jesus was crazy to think there could be a new and better way of practicing religion. And all the crowd paused to wait for the answer from the lips of the God-man.
Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Do you think anyone gasped at the simplicity of this answer? Wasn’t it too easy? After all, the law consisted of books and books of rules. Thou shalt, thou shalt not. Thou shalt, thou shalt not. Yet what some of the listeners would realize that day is that it’s easier to keep a checklist of do’s and don’t’s, even if you miss a few here and there, than it is to love “all in.” I wish I could hear their discussions that night at the dinner table.
God desires a personal relationship with me– not a religious experience from me. – One More Step
When was the last time you thought about how much God loves you? And when was the last time you told him how much you love him?
February Bible Reading Challenge
I’m excited about this month’s Bible reading challenge for many reasons, but I’ll name two to get us going. First, it took me far too long in my faith journey to begin to grasp how much God loves me. And I really want others to let the truth of God’s love to sink into their souls much earlier than I did! So I’m excited for you to delve into God’s Word and allow his promises of love to cover you. Secondly, I have a feeling we are going to be challenged to do a lot more than read. This month’s reading is going to provoke us to act in love; I just know it! How awesome is that?
How to Participate
If you’ve never joined a Bible reading challenge here before, each day we follow the plan and read the passage. You can share what you are learning on social media or just keep it between you and God. My goal through the reading is to draw closer to Jesus, and I want that for you too!
For this month, we will use the hashtag #truelove. Almost every day, I post on Instagram or Facebook about what I’m learning through the passages and sometimes I post the Bible journaling pages I work on throughout the study.
On Fridays, I post a summary of what I learned through the week here on the blog and invite you to share what God is teaching you in the comments.
Additional/Optional Bible Reading Challenge Features for February
As you may know, I’ve been working on learning to Bible journal a little art and since you’ve been asking, I’ve got a FANTASTIC tool to help us both consistently read God’s Word, study it, meditate on it, and enjoy it. Use this Bible Journaling Guide to process the Bible reading through your choice of journal writing, art, or both.
And now for the Bible reading plan, True Love.
1. Mark 12:28-34
2. Romans 5:1-8
3. Romans 8:31-39
4. Matthew 22:34-40
5. Psalm 42:8-11
6. 1 John 4:7-13
7. 1 John 4:14-20
8. Zephaniah 3:17-20
9. John 13:34&35
10. Psalm 136:1-13
11. Psalm 136:14-26
12. Deut. 10:12-15
13. Psalm 5:7-12
14. Psalm 25:1-10
15. 1 Peter 1:3-8
16. Ephesians 3:14-21
17. Galatians 5:1-6
18. Galatians 5:22-26
19. 1 Peter 4:1-8
20. I Peter 3:8-12
21. Ephesians 4:10-16
22. Philippians 2:1-11
23. Colossians 3:8-15
24. John 14:21-27
25. John 15:9-13
26. John 15:14-21
27. 1 John 3:1-5
28. 1 Cor. 13:1-7
29. 1 Cor. 13:8-13
Printable or Digital
Just screenshot the graphic to your smartphone and mark it as a favorite for easy daily access. For a simple printable copy, click on the graphic or HERE and print out two copies of the Bible reading plan. Share one with a friend!
I wanted to get this up much earlier, but we’re ready to begin Monday! Who’s in?
By his grace,
We fall in love, trip over it, stumble upon it. But God? His path is love, because he is love. – One More Step
I posted that I was getting started late. I so wanted to post something about Mark 12:28-24. I’m sure y’all know that it come from Deuteronomy 6:4-5 and Jesus adds the second, Mark 12:30. Read Deut. 6:6-9. In Israel the Jews has these words in the Mezuzahs on their door posts. We have these word on a plaque over one of our doors. My husband does Biblical study tours to Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Greece, and the groups learn the Sh’ma and say it everyday. Many of them learn it in Hebrew as well and say it both in English and Hebrew. It is awesome.
Try saying it every morning and see how blessed God is and how you feel.
I’m not trying to promote anything here, believe me, I won’t even tell you my husbands company name. But if you would like to learn it in Hebrew, one of our teacher/leaders, has his ministry website, underthefigtree.org. Click on About Our Trips, then clip on Spiritual Preperations and it will bring you to the Sh’ma.
I’m getting started a couple of days late. So much is going on with my family. Would appreciate prayers. I love these monthly Bible Challenges. Thank you Rachel.
Blessings to you and your family. I pray all goes well and remember God will carry you through.
you are so very welcome, Linda!
In reading the verse for 2/1 Mark 12: 28-34, I have a question. In Mark 12:30 (HCSB) “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength”, how do you keep that faith, when you feel your strength is weak?
I look forward to your response.
You strength is weak, but its His strength that holds you up. You have to hold onto that faith. I’m going through a very hard time right now. My younger sister is dying. If she makes it to March 18th, she will be 56 years old. At this point, she does not know Jesus. I have been praying for the Lord to bind Satan and fill her room with the Holy Spirit. Last week I walked into her room and I felt His presences. I am praying and trusting that Jesus will take her hand, show her His Light and she will call out His Name even if it’s in her last breath.
I sat in my hotel room, one night and cried until 3:30 in the morning, yelling at God, then crying out to Him, then thanking Him. He is giving me the strength to walk through this, no matter what my sister chooses, I alone cannot handle this, but through Him, I can.
Remember . . . “Faith of a Mustard Seed” Matthew 17:20
Thank you Linda for sharing your story, amazing courage and strength. I will pray for you and your sister. I too have a sister that doesn’t know Jesus and sometimes laugh at the fact that I attend a church, read the bible and pray. I pray that your sister will find God’s amazing Grace and Spirit. She is very lucky to have a sister like you. Thank for the verse ….I’ll share one with you too…”The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18
Praying for your sister this morning, Linda!
Janet, the subtitle of my book, One More Step, is : Finding strength when you feel like giving up. Learning to rely on God’s strength and trust him is a faith journey. Yes, we accept salvation and believe in what Jesus did on the cross for us just one time for eternal salvation. But growing in our faith requires that daily connection; we don’t have religion. We have a relationship. The closer you stay with him, the more you spend time with him, the stronger you will feel because you’ll know his strength is holding you up. Blessings to you, Janet!!
Thank you Rachel for the reply and Blessings. I recently purchased your book “One More Step” and I’m looking forward to reading it this weekend. I live in NJ and it’s been raining and snowing, and I decided this weekend to spend time in worshiping and reading God’s word. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to purchase the HCSB notetaking bible you recommended too 🙂 I know this will definitely be an amazing way to worship our Lord.
Have a Blessed day and weekend!!!
This is my first time joining a challenge, too! I’m following you on both IG and Pinterest. I need this in my life right now!
Glad to have you, Kim! Enjoy!!
Completing month 3 of the challenge! Can’t believe I’ve actually done this without missing a day. Thank you so much for being my inspiration and helping me through this dark cloud of depression. God is so good and I believe he led me to you so I could start on the right path.
How do I get in the registered for the bible reading plan?
Hi Lindsey! There is no registration; the directions are above. If you are subscribed to the blog, you will receive a reminder in the emails. Hope that helps!
I do have times when I have a hard time stopping reading and studying the Bible. I have started Bible journaling and I am addicted, it makes me think about what I have studied and then put something into a drawing to please God
Journaling is so much more than reading. You are worshiping! Love it, Debbie!
I am ready for your challenge, I am also doing another study group on my own so it is giving time with God, I want to grow closer to him.
Wonderful, Debbie!! Enjoy!
This is my first time to join. I’m so ex tied to see what God has to show me through this Bible study!
Fabulous, Trish!! Enjoy!
Awesome! My ‘word’ for 2016 is ‘love’ so this study is perfect! I’m looking forward to a month of studying scripture about love!
I’m ready for the “True Love” challenge reading plan. As always you provide such great insight and resources. Thank you for all you do.
Blessings to you always. 🙂
Blessings to everyone sharing this amazing journey together. 🙂
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