How the Bible Can Help You Part 1

Richard F. Ames

You probably have a Bible somewhere in your home. Year after year, the Bible is the world's best-selling book. Yet most people know very little about this amazing book and what it contains. The Bible reveals the mysteries of life. It reveals the future of humanity. And it can help you in many ways—far above your greatest hopes and dreams.

Billions of people around the world own Bibles. Even as far back as 1950, one reputable magazine reported that "by the end of 1950 (the 500th anniversary of Gutenberg's invention), over two billion Bibles and parts of Bibles will have been printed, with 25 million more being added each year" (Antiquarian Bookman, November 18, 1950).  So you probably have a Bible. If you have hidden yours in a closet or a dresser somewhere, I urge you to find it and read it. It can help you in many, many ways. In this first of a two part series, we will examine just two of the many ways in which the Bible can help you—far beyond your wildest expectations—if you follow its instructions.

How important is the Bible in your life? Do you read it at least once a week? Personally, I try to read the Bible every day. I used to come home tired from work at the office, and would turn on the television set. But I often found that I would waste my time watching too much television. So, now, as soon as I am home, I make it a general habit to sit in a comfortable chair, pick up a Bible and read for about ten minutes before doing anything else. This helps start my evening with a positive perspective—and my wife appreciates my positive attitude as well!

Benefit 1: The Bible Shows the Way to Harmonious Relationships

Some of us have great difficulty getting along with others. We may have conflicts with a boss, a spouse, family members or friends. Can the Bible help you get along better with others? Yes, it can, if you follow its instructions. Remember the two Great Commandments? Jesus taught: "'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.' This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself'" (Matthew 22:37–39).

When you apply these great commandments, you can improve your relationships with others. The Ten Commandments give us specific ways to love God, and to love our neighbor. You love your neighbor by honoring your parents, by helping rather than killing, by faithfully loving your spouse, by not committing adultery, and so on. The Christian way of life—the Bible way of life—is totally contrary to the secular, selfish, greedy and egotistical way that is typical of human nature. Notice: "Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others" (Philippians 2:3–4). God teaches us to esteem others better than ourselves—to value and respect others, and to be caring and concerned for their welfare.

The Bible also teaches the importance of forgiveness. True forgiveness will improve your relationships with other people. Do you hold on to grudges? Many people do, and they just will not let go. They will not forgive. But remember what Jesus taught in the model prayer (often called the "Lord's Prayer"): "And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors" (Matthew 6:12).

Do you pray that way? Do you forgive others?

Chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians is often called the "love chapter." If you apply just one of its precepts, you will be on your way to improving relationships. Notice this beautiful passage: "Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails" (1 Corinthians 13:4–8). The very first quality mentioned here is patience. Love suffers long. In other words, love is patient. Are you patient? Applying these biblical principles can help change your life dramatically. It can help you achieve lasting happiness in your relationships!

Benefit 2: The Bible Explains Life's Real Meaning and Purpose

What is the purpose of life? What is your purpose in life? As we saw above, God promises us eternal life—but what will be our ultimate destiny? Will we just float around on clouds forever? Or does God have a greater purpose and plan for us? Ancient King David wondered about his purpose in life. When he was a shepherd boy, David spent many months, year after year, under the night sky, and he wondered about his place in the universe. David stood in awe of the starry heavens. He also recognized the Source of that universe as the Creator God. David wrote: "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?" (Psalm 8:3–4).

God is "mindful," as David put it, of human beings. He cares for us! Why? Because He created us! And God created us for a great purpose—to have a personal relationship with Him! That is a profound truth. Think about it! God said: "'Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them" (Genesis 1:26–27).

God created human beings in His likeness, to have an eternal relationship with Him. That relationship is to be a loving relationship! God created the human family, and He wants you to be a part of His divine Family. Notice what the Apostle Paul wrote: "For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named" (Ephesians 3:14–15). God is the Father of a family, and He wants you to be a part of a creative family, that will experience fulfillment and joy for all eternity.

Most professing Christians have no clear vision of their calling in the Kingdom of God. But notice this clear statement by the Apostle John, about what God will do for us. "And have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth" (Revelation 5:10). When Christ returns as King of kings and Lord of lords, true Christians will serve Him in Tomorrow's World. During the Millennium, they will assist in teaching the rest of the world the way to lasting peace. Then there will be a new heaven and a new earth, and they will reign with Him for eternity! Your Bible can help you understand this magnificent destiny. Your life has a tremendous meaning and purpose, and it is all explained in your Bible!