Beloved, have you fallen in love with the Word of God? Do you yearn for the meat of God’s Word more than you crave your breakfast, lunch, and dinner? If not, then I’d like to share with you seven reasons to love the Word of God today.
This article is not an all-inclusive list of reasons to love the Word of God. However, it is an important one. Therefore, I pray that you will be gripped with a new and fresh passion for the inerrant, infallible Word of God–the Bible–as you read.
Without further ado, here are seven reasons to love the Word of God:
1. God’s Word, the Bible, is Jesus in written form; and, Jesus is God’s Word in bodily form.
This is a great mystery, but a true one nonetheless. John 1:1 tells us this:
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1 NKJV).
And then John 1:14 tells us even more:
“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14 NKJV).
What does it mean when the Bible says that Jesus is the Word of God?
It means that Jesus, in bodily form, is the totality of God’s message to mankind. Jesus sums up everything God has to say.
Of course, that means everything about Jesus. You cannot pick one attribute of Jesus (e.g. His kindness), disregard other aspects of Jesus (e.g. His justice or His positions of Bridegroom, King, and Judge), and then claim that you know the totality of God.
No; when looking at Jesus, if you want to know what God is saying through Him, you must study every aspect of Him as revealed in the Bible from Genesis through Revelation.
So the Word of God has two expressions: the written Word–the Bible–and the Person of Christ Himself as well.
He’s the same Word, but God wrote Him down by His Holy Spirit; then, Father also sent Him to earth as a living, breathing Man.
Think about that awhile; it will blow your proverbial mind. But after you’re done thinking about it, understand that this is literally one of the most important things we can ever learn about Jesus and His Word: They are One and the same.
That’s reason enough to love God’s written Word, the Bible. Love God’s Word because God’s Word is Jesus, and Jesus is God’s Word.
2. Hiding God’s Word in your heart will keep you from sinning.
If you read, study, and memorize God’s Word–letting it take root in your heart so that you really know God’s Word at a gut level–then it will purify your heart and life. Hiding God’s Word in your heart will take the sin and sinful habits right out of you. That’s a huge reason to love the Word of God!
Psalm 119:11 tells us this specifically:
“Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:11 NKJV).
Jesus Himself even spoke about the power of His Word to cleanse and remove sin from His disciples. He mentioned this in John 15:1-3:
“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you“ (John 15:1-3, emphasis mine).
If you want clean hands and a pure heart, give diligent attention to studying and memorizing God’s Word.
If you will do this, then every day when you sit down alone with the Lord (seeking Him FIRST thing in the morning on a daily basis), God’s Word will leap off the pages of your Bible and will run swiftly into your heart, bringing forth good fruit. That is another huge reason to fall in love with the Word of God!
3. The words that Jesus speaks are spirit and life.
Every bit of the Word of God is actually an infusion of spirit and life to you when you read it. Jesus taught us this in John 6:63:
“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63 NKJV).
If you’re feeling tired, discouraged, blue, or even completely dead inside, read the words of Jesus (which are the entire Bible). The words that Jesus speaks will re-fire your soul. They will fill you with His fresh breath and with physical energy and motivation. They will fill you with hope and joy, giving you courage to go on.
Why? Because the words that Jesus speaks are spirit, and they are LIFE.
When you need an infusion of LIFE, and you need Holy Spirit to manifest Himself and give you tangible change in your body, soul, and spirit, read your Bible! The words that Jesus speaks will give you the infusion of spirit and life that you so desperately crave!
4. God’s Word was breathed out by Holy Spirit Himself. Every bit of it is profitable to you.
Second Timothy 3:16-17 says this:
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV).
When the passage above says that “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” it means in the original Greek that all Scripture was literally breathed-out by God the Holy Spirit Himself.
In other words, Holy Spirit exhaled the words through His very breath, straight into the ears and spirit of the scribes (like Moses, David, Isaiah, Luke, Paul, etc.), who then wrote the words down.
The words did not originate with those scribes; those people were simply vessels whom Holy Spirit used to take dictation. They simply took dictation from the Lord.
Friend, if God thought His words were important enough to breathe out and have written down and preserved for us, we ought to love what He had to say. When you read the Word of God, you receive the very breath of God infused into your spirit. Hallelujah! That is reason enough to love the Scriptures.
5. God’s Word teaches you who God is, so you can know Him.
You cannot know someone until you know about them. And God’s Word will teach you about God, so you can then look to Him and gaze at His face, knowing who He is.
Note that reading God’s Word alone does not guarantee that you will know Him. It is possible to read the Bible without paying attention to what Holy Spirit is speaking to you through its pages.
In Bible times, the Pharisees (the religious leaders of Jesus’ day) did exactly that. Jesus confronted them about it in John 5:37-40, when He said:
“And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.
You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life” (John 5:37-40 NKJV).
So yes, you can read the Scriptures and still not really know God if you do not come to Him, letting Him illuminate those Scriptures in your heart.
Even the devil knows the Scriptures–but the devil is definitely not saved and has no relationship with God.
However, if you will read God’s Word and invite God the Holy Spirit to teach you as you read, He will illuminate it in your heart. He will:
- Show you Jesus as you read;
- Show you God the Father;
- Help you to know Him and develop a personal relationship with Him;
- Show you how much He loves you;
- Lead you to salvation as you begin to see the goodness of God, which brings people to repentance;
- Give you wisdom for daily life; and
- Teach you to walk in the ways of God, which will always bring you victory.
Long story short: To know God, read His Word prayerfully and carefully. Ask Him to help you know Him, and He will reveal Himself to you powerfully as you read!
6. God’s Word teaches you who you are, so you can enjoy your life and fulfill God’s purposes for you.
God is your Creator. He made you, fashioned you, and ordained your life. Psalm 139:13-18 says this:
“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with You” (Psalm 139:13-18 NKJV).
Beloved, God made you. And as your Manufacturer, Ordainer, and Creator, only He knows you at the deepest level. He knows you more than any human on earth could ever know you. And if you will read God’s Word, you will see that it tells you all about yourself.
God’s Word will tell you:
- Who you are in Christ;
- What God thinks of you;
- How much He loves you;
- How precious you are in His sight;
- What you are called to do on this earth;
- What your future will be, both on this earth and in Heaven;
- and so much more!
If you want to know who you are, my friend, then fall in love with God’s Word. Read it and eat it up for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Memorize it and ponder it. Learn who God says you are, and embrace His truth about yourself; for only He, your Creator, has the right to define your identity.
7. God’s Word clearly defines God’s will for every situation.
Oh, my friend. Do you need to hear from God about whatever is happening in your life? If so, read your Bible! Read it and read it and read it some more, asking the Lord to speak to you, until something you read seems to jump off the page into your heart and spirit!
God’s Word, the Bible, clearly states what God’s will is for every situation. It will either state God’s will specifically, e.g. “You shall have no other gods before Me” (Exodus 20:3), which tells you not to worship idols …
OR, it will state God’s will implicitly.
What does it mean to state God’s will implicitly?
It means that the Bible may not address every situation by its proper name in our modern culture, but it will still clearly tell you the guiding principles by which you should make every decision, even in our modern culture.
The Bible doesn’t reference the name of your favorite TV show. TV shows didn’t exist when the Bible was written. However, if you’re wondering whether it’s okay with God for you to watch that crime show or murder mystery, the answer is NO, it’s not.
How do you know? Because God’s Word says:
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8 NKJV).
You can’t watch people get murdered, even if it’s on TV, and consider that to be noble, pure, lovely, virtuous, or praiseworthy. Therefore, even though the Scriptures were written down a long time ago and that TV show didn’t exist then, God’s will for you regarding that show is still clearly defined in the Bible.
Every situation in life can be discerned, judged, decided, and predicted by God’s Word.
In fact, God’s Word is the only standard by which any situation should be evaluated. Isaiah 8:20 tells us this:
“To the law and to the testimony! If they do not speak according to this word, it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20 NKJV).
(And in case you took offense when I used the word “judged” above, remember that Jesus said in John 7:24 that we are to judge with righteous judgment. YES, we ARE to evaluate the fruit of something and compare it to the Word of God. By their fruit we shall know them; see Matthew 7:15-20.)
So yes, God’s Word clearly defines God’s will for every situation.
If you need to hear from God, study the Word. Study it deeply, and study it with a pen in hand. Ask Holy Spirit to speak to you, and He will. 🙂
Those are seven reasons to love the Word of God.
They are not the only reasons, but they are extremely important reasons. Therefore, beloved, I ask you today: Do you love God’s Word? Really, truly love it? If not, ask the Lord to help you fall in love with the Scriptures. Ask Him to help you hunger and thirst after His Word. And He will.
Did this article help you see how important God’s Word is to your daily life? Do you want to love the Word of God? If so, leave a comment below!