My dear friends who love studying the Word as much as I do:

As we study God’s Word we have to be careful not to avoid the third step of the process. The first two take painstaking time and effort to make sure we understand the Bible correctly. However, it is the third step that will transform our lives, making us more Christ-like. Here is an article I read regarding this last, most important step of study. Enjoy!

Bible Study is Painful

SEPTEMBER 14, 2020 BY RYAN HIGGINBOTTOM

Fitsum Admasu (2019), public domain

When we say that an activity is “uncomfortable,” sometimes we’re just being nice. We often sugar coat reality when we throw out the terms “messy,” “unpleasant,” “awkward,” or “disagreeable.”

Some jobs, projects, and habits are painful. They might be good for us, even necessary for our lives, but they hurt. And it is healthy for us to confront that truth.

The Hard Work of Application

Studying the Bible is painful work. Here I’m not referring to the discipline needed to study the Scriptures. I’m not even talking about the intellectual labor and focus that such study demands. No, the hardest work of Bible study comes in application.

All of the steps of Bible study are important, and none are a cinch. Application may be the hardest step, however, since it is the most personal. In application, we are forced to change. And rare is the person who likes to change.

If the idea of application is new or confusing, check out our page of Bible study instruction. Application is the third step of the OIA (Observation, Interpretation, Application) process we promote on this blog, and we’ve written a lot about application.

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