“Jesus wept. Now give me some candy!” I didn’t say it like this exactly, but as a kid, reciting Bible verses at church was a sure score. Without so much as a John 11:35 reference, M&M’s appeared when I said the shortest verse on record. Sweet.
That was a thousand Sunday Schools ago. Still, though, when I think of scripture, the word “sweet” comes to mind. Sweet and true and soothing and relevant. Personal. Inviting. Sweet.
Just wondering if it’s like this for you. I wonder if there are go-to verses when you’re hurting or confused or thankful. Maybe you’ve written some all-time favorites in a journal or on a bathroom mirror. Perhaps you whisper them when falling asleep or opening your eyes. Oh, I hope so! I pray you’re a girl who loves the Bible. That for you, it matters. A lot.
For me, I’ve always loved the exact words of Jesus. You know, the red ink verses. It’s something special, reading direct quotes from the Savior of the world. Does this thought send anyone else on a sugar high? And His choice of words…. They’ve been what my hurting heart wanted to feel (and sometimes what my rebellious self needed to hear).
But don’t take it from me. Find out for yourself. Those beautiful words, especially the ones in red, are for every daughter (and son) of God. Here’s a sample—it’s a paraphrase so everyone can understand—from one of my favorite chapters. Get ready for a treat: It’s the Lord himself whispering in your ear! What a personal, timeless gift:
Jesus said, “Don’t let this world throw you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If this weren’t so, would I have said I’m on my way to get your room ready? And if I’m on my way, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live….”
“If you love me, show it by doing what I’ve told you. I will talk to the Father, and he’ll provide you another Friend so you will always have someone with you. This Friend is the Spirit of Truth. The godless world can’t take him in because it doesn’t have eyes to see him, doesn’t know what to look for. But you know him already because he has been staying with you, and will even be in you!”
“I will not leave you orphaned. I’m coming back. In just a little while the world will no longer see me, but you’re going to see me because I am alive and you’re about to come alive. At that moment you will know absolutely that I’m in my Father, and you’re in me, and I’m in you. The person who knows my commandments and keeps them, that’s who loves me. And the person who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and make myself plain to him.” John 14:1-21
He’ll make himself plain. Plainly known to your open, trusting heart. And that’s a sweet promise, straight from the Savior’s lips.