The Secret to Applying the Bible to Your Daily Life

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One challenge many people face is understanding how to apply the Scriptures to their daily lives. Luckily, the answers lie within the Bible itself.

With all the technological advances we have today, we might be inclined to think that the Bible can’t address the differences in the world we live in now. But there’s one fundamental thing that has never changed since the beginning of time – human nature.

Humans today have the same issues humans always have had. Humans have always struggled for food, clothing, and shelter. They have dealt with sickness, disease, and famine. Humans have dealt with sorrow, loss, disappointment, and depression.

Humans have never been without the issues from the dark side of our nature: greed, power, jealousy, deceit, lies, avarice, gluttony, envy, lust, temptation, pride, apathy, laziness, anger and more. Through this, we have always had wars and all kinds of injustice and evil.

The good side of human nature is love, compassion, empathy, humility, thankfulness, forgiveness, giving and more.

Thinking Scripturally

As Christians, we acknowledge and trust the Bible as the authoritative source for our faith and our walk with God.

Through knowledge of the scriptures and familiarity with its principles, we can begin to alter our thinking to operate and a biblical manner.

When we encounter challenges, we are able to run them through a “filter” of God’s word.

For example, when we find ourselves being consumed by anger, we can look to the Bible for advice on how to handle and manage our anger.

James 1:19-20 tells us, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”

No matter it be anger, lust, jealousy or whatever – the Bible has an answer.

Constant Conflict and How to Handle It

We’ll constantly encounter conflict in this life, at varying degrees. We’ll not always agree with others. By reflecting on God’s word, we can not only consider what we want in any given situation – but that of the other person as well.

In Matthew 7:12, Jesus tells us, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

This passage has become commonly referred to as “The Golden Rule.” We are to treat others as we would treat ourselves.

We are accountable to God for our actions. Therefore, our actions need to be guided by both faith and Scripture. There is nothing that serves our own self-interests more than being obedient to God – our own desires do not.

Jesus said in John 14:15, “If you love me, keep my commandments.”

We need to behave the way God wants us to.

In Matthew 22:36Jesus was asked, “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?

Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Anything is possible when we discard selfishness and act with selflessness. Thinking scripturally helps us to resolve conflicts, deal with all challenges, conquer fear, and defeat uncertainty through hope and faith that God is with us through Christ and his Holy Spirit.