I began reading the Bible as soon as I could read. That was probably age six, because when I was in school, reading instruction was in the first grade. Of course, the Bible has many words that a beginning reader doesn't know, but my parents could always help. Being raised in church, I learned Bible stories there and at home. It was easy for me to love Scripture.
Many of you could write the same example, but many others are not raised in church. Many people don't even have a Bible to read. Let's look at some reasons why reading the Bible is good for all of us.
#1 -The Bible is God's Word
God gave His word to us by sharing His message through men who wrote each book.
#2 - God Loves You
This is the main theme of the Bible in very simple terms. Through the reading of God's word, that truth will become real to the reader. It's so important to read every day, because we will be reminded that God loves us and has good for us.
If the reader is new to reading the Bible, they have the opportunity to hear from Him. By reading the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), you can see how much God loves you. These books tell the story of God's son, Jesus.
"This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins." – (The Bible) 1 John 4: 9-10
#3 - It's Personal
If you are not a Christian, reading the Bible will help you to understand God's love. You don't have to read the King James version if it's difficult to understand. There are many versions to choose from. Some of you may not believe in God. Reading the Bible will allow you to learn enough to believe or not.
If you are a Christian, reading the Bible is the way to grow more like Jesus. That's because everything He wants us to know is written there. Wanting to follow Christ means that I'm wanting to be a stronger Christian and a good example to those who haven't felt His love.
#4 - Practical Help
Here are some ways to improve your Bible reading: Keep a journal to write down notes or questions you may have, listen to the Bible being read on tape or digitally, read the entire Bible every year, or join a Bible study group.
#5 - How Much to Read
If you are new to reading the Bible it may be best to start with just one chapter of one book each daily. The more you read, you'll find yourself wanting to read much more each day. We are to have a strong desire for reading, and this should continue to grow the longer you live.
Many people have trouble understanding parts of the Bible. It can help to read the same chapter every day for a week. God loves to teach you truth as you are reading His 'letter' to you.
Be Honest With Yourself
We often don't want to admit that we're not reading the Bible. We may say to ourselves, ''I listen to the preacher every week, and I don't need to read the Bible at home' God wants to teach you directly from the words that He gave. The Bible has the answer to every question or concern you may have. Don't try to convince yourself that reading the Bible isn't right for you. I encourage you to pick up a Bible today!