The Bible is full of wisdom that can guide our lives. As Christians, we believe the Bible is the inspired word of God and a source of truth and moral guidance. In this comprehensive blog post, I will share key life lessons and advice found in the pages of Scripture. My hope is that reviewing biblical principles for living will encourage and strengthen your faith.
- Seek God first in all areas of life
- Practice loving others through compassion and forgiveness
- Develop virtues like patience, kindness, and self-control
- Avoid temptations to sin and wrongdoing
- Trust God in difficulties and rely on His strength
- Be generous and willing to share possessions and resources
- Work diligently and avoid idleness
- Speak truthfully and avoid dishonesty
- Maintain sexual purity and save intimacy for marriage
- Pursue wisdom and righteous living
Seek God First in All Areas of Life
One of the most important lessons in the Bible is to put God first in everything. We are called to seek His kingdom and righteousness before anything else (Matthew 6:33). When God is first place in our lives, other priorities fall into their proper place. Pursuing intimate relationship with Christ should be our top priority.
The Bible reminds us that our lives on earth are temporary, but eternity is forever. This world is not our home; we are citizens of heaven (Philippians 3:20). Keeping an eternal perspective helps us remember what matters most. A life lived for Jesus and His glory will echo into eternity. As Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 (NIV) advises:
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
When we live each day for Christ, we can look forward to hearing “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23).
Practice Loving Others through Compassion and Forgiveness
Another key principle in the Bible is the call to love one another. God desires us to be kind, tenderhearted and forgiving toward each other (Ephesians 4:32). We are to clothe ourselves in love (Colossians 3:14) and let no unwholesome talk come out of our mouths (Ephesians 4:29).
Showing mercy and compassion should be the mark of a Christian, just as God has shown mercy to us (Luke 6:36). Jesus provided the ultimate example of forgiving others when He prayed for God to forgive those who crucified Him even as He hung on the cross (Luke 23:34). We must be willing to forgive no matter how much someone has hurt or offended us. Holding on to bitterness and unforgiveness imprisons us, but forgiveness sets us free. As Christ commanded:
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Matthew 6:14-15)
Loving others also means helping those in need. We should care for the poor, widowed and orphaned (James 1:27, Galatians 2:10). The early church set an example of radical generosity, selling possessions to share with anyone who had need (Acts 2:45). Giving generously is rewards spiritually and blesses others. Proverbs 19:17 tells us, ???Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.???
Develop Virtues like Patience, Kindness and Self-Control
The Bible encourages followers of Christ to cultivate virtuous character qualities that honor God and reflect His love. We are to ???put on??? compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12). The fruit of God???s Spirit working in us includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Patience and perseverance are especially emphasized as virtuous traits in the Bible. We must run the race of faith with endurance (Hebrews 12:1) and not grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6:9). God rewards those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6) and wait patiently on Him when trials come (James 1:2-4).
The book of Proverbs also commends virtues like self-control, integrity, humility and hard work. Wise living means rejecting lies, pride and foolishness while walking in truth. We reap what we sow; laziness and gluttony lead to poverty, but diligence leads to prosperity (Proverbs 6:6-11, 10:4, 13:4). Wise habits like saving money and planning ahead are praised (Proverbs 21:20). Overall, the virtues extolled in Scripture lead to blessing when applied through God???s empowering Spirit.
Avoid Temptations to Sin and Wrongdoing
A consistent warning in the Bible is to avoid sin and its temptation. Scripture tells us to flee from evil desires (2 Timothy 2:22) and make no provision for the flesh (Romans 13:14). If we play with fire and flirt with sin, we will get burned. Temptation arises when we are ???lured and enticed??? by our own desires (James 1:14). We must guard our hearts, because sinful actions begin with sinful thoughts and motives (Matthew 15:19).
Common sins believers struggle with include sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language and lying (Colossians 3:5-9). Other sins highlighted in Scripture include drunkenness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, envy and carousing (Galatians 5:19-21). We are warned that those who live like this will not inherit God???s kingdom.
But in Christ we have power through the Spirit to gain victory over temptation. We can now walk in freedom from sin???s dominion (Romans 6:14). Take up the shield of faith to extinguish flaming arrows of the evil one (Ephesians 6:16). God provides a way of escape from every temptation (1 Corinthians 10:13) if we will walk by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).
Trust God in Difficulties and Rely on His Strength
When painful trials come, we can turn to Scripture for encouragement to trust God and rely on His strength. We all face adversity at times. The Bible tells us we will have trouble in this world, but we can take heart because Christ has overcome the world (John 16:33). God promises to be with us in hardship and provide comfort in suffering (Psalm 23:4, 2 Corinthians 1:3-5).
During storms of life, God is our rock and refuge (Psalm 62:8). Even when we walk through the valley of shadows, we do not need to fear evil if God is with us (Psalm 23:4). He gives power to the weak and renewing strength to the weary (Isaiah 40:29-31). When doubts arise, remember God???s proven faithfulness and steadfast love revealed throughout Scripture.
The Bible calls us to rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). God uses trials like refining fire to purify our faith and develop spiritual endurance (James 1:2-4). Suffering produces perseverance, character and hope, as Romans 5:3-4 tells us. Cling to God who promises never to leave or forsake His children (Deuteronomy 31:6). Pour out your heart to Him in prayer and fix your eyes on what is eternal.
Be Generous and Willing to Share Possessions and Resources
Generosity is greatly valued in the Bible. We are called to give freely to brothers and sisters in need (Deuteronomy 15:11) and share with the poor (Proverbs 22:9; Isaiah 58:7). Jesus affirmed the widow who gave two small coins, because she gave out of her poverty all she had to live on (Luke 21:1-4). God loves and rewards a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).
The early believers set an example of radical generosity, selling property and possessions to meet needs (Acts 2:45). They viewed their resources as given by God to share. We should not ignore those in poverty or with material needs that we can meet. John asks how God???s love can reside in those who have material possessions and see siblings in need but have no pity (1 John 3:17). Avoid greed and desire for possessions. Instead, be quick to give and share.
The Bible exhorts those blessed with wealth not to trust in or find identity in riches, which are fleeting (1 Timothy 6:17). The love of money leads to all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Instead, pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Generously share your resources in doing good works, laying up eternal treasure (1 Timothy 6:18-19).
Work Diligently and Avoid Idleness
Scripture commends hard work and warns against idleness. We are to work heartily as serving the Lord, not merely people (Colossians 3:23). Proverbs promotes the virtues of diligence and industriousness, while condemning laziness which leads to poverty (Proverbs 10:4-5; 13:4). The ant is upheld as an example of wisdom for working hard and planning ahead (Proverbs 6:6).
Idleness is considered a dangerous temptation, opening the door to other sins. Idle hands are the devil???s workshop as the saying goes. The Bible advises people to find work to do with their hands (Ephesians 4:28; 2 Thessalonians 3:10). We must balance productive effort with rest, caring for our bodies as temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). But diligent work and wise stewardship of our time is clearly preferable to aimlessness.
Speak Truthfully and Avoid Dishonesty
Honesty and integrity are virtues praised in the Bible, while lies and deception are strongly condemned. Lying lips are an abomination to God (Proverbs 12:22). Deceitful people face destruction, but those who walk in integrity receive God???s blessing (Proverbs 10:9; 11:3).
As followers of Christ, we are called to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and avoid falsehood. Scripture warns ???Do not lie to each other??? (Colossians 3:9). God desires truth in the inward parts (Psalm 51:6). Therefore, we must turn from crooked speech and perverse talk, speaking truthfully with our neighbors (Ephesians 4:25). Let your yes be yes and your no be no as Jesus taught (Matthew 5:37).
Maintain Sexual Purity and Save Intimacy for Marriage
The Bible celebrates sexual intimacy between husband and wife, but clearly prohibits sexual immorality (Hebrews 13:4). We are to abstain from fornication and lustful passions (1 Thessalonians 4:3). Sexual relations were designed by God for marriage. Living together or intimacy outside of that covenant goes against God???s commands.
Jesus elevated marriage by saying, ???For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh??? (Matthew 19:5). This Scripture also condemns adultery as a serious betrayal. We must be faithful and pure, controlling our own body in holiness and honor (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5). Flee from youthful lusts and desires, instead pursuing righteousness, faith, love and peace (2 Timothy 2:22).
Sexuality is a gift to enjoy in marriage. But we must reject society’s perverted view, and reserve intimacy for the sacred vows of marriage. Our bodies were created for God???s purposes, not our own pleasures (1 Corinthians 6:13). Discipline yourself to live honorably and keep sexually pure until marriage.
Pursue Wisdom and Righteous Living
Finally, the Bible continuously directs us to pursue wisdom and righteous living. Wisdom means applying God???s truth to everyday choices and aligning our thoughts and actions with His commands. It leads to blessings, while folly leads to chastisement and harm.
As Proverbs 4:7 says:
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
To grow in wisdom, read Scripture daily and meditate on its truth. Choose friends who will encourage righteous living and avoid those who only want to drag you down morally (Proverbs 13:20). Discipline yourself for godliness (1 Timothy 4:7). Study and apply God’s word so you can stand firm in His truth and resist deception.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). Walking in holiness and obedience brings great reward. It leads to purity, righteousness and the abundant life Jesus promised (John 10:10). Set your mind on things above where Christ is seated at God’s right hand (Colossians 3:1). Keep your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of faith (Hebrews 12:2), and His wisdom will guide you to walk in righteousness and peace.
The Bible offers profound guidance for living in its pages. As we apply God’s principles from Scripture, we gain wisdom, hope and strength to follow Christ’s example and resist sinful temptations. The lessons and advice reviewed in this post aim to provide a summary overview of key teachings in the Bible. But ultimately, studying and abiding in God’s word ourselves is the path to continued growth and maturity in faith. My prayer is this discussion will inspire you to daily pursue intimacy with the Lord through studying the Scriptures. God bless you!