Lesson 25

Hold on to instruction, do not let it go;
guard it well, for it is your life.
(Proverbs 4:13 NIV)

Anybody who has been trained to go into combat or to work dangerous equipment learn real fast that you need to remember what you were taught.  Why?  Because otherwise, you could get yourself or others killed.  When correct instruction is given, it is more precious than all the gold in the world.  Keep it safe and secure and do not forget it.  It is that important.  When you keep the Word close to your heart and memorize it, it will be right there for you to remember and give you the answers you need in dire circumstances.

What do you do when someone slanders you?

1 Corinthians 4:13a – When we are slandered, we answer kindly

Colossians 3:13 – Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgives you.

Ephesians 4:32 – Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Luke 6:37 – “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

Mark 11:25 – And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Matthew 18:21-22 – Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

What do you do when your boyfriend wants to sleep with you?

1 Timothy 5:22b – Keep yourself pure

2 Corinthians 7:1 – Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 – It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God.

Ephesians 5:3 – But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.

1 Corinthians 6:18 – Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a man commits are outside his body, but he who sins sexually sins against his own body.

What do you do when the cashier gives you too much change back?

Genesis 43:12 – Take double the amount of silver with you, for you must return the silver that was put back into the mouths of your sacks. Perhaps it was a mistake.

John 15:8 – This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.

Philippians 2:15 – so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe.

What do you do when your spouse cheats on you?

Deuteronomy 5:17 – You shall not murder.

Matthew 18:21-22 – Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

What do you do when your children disobey you?

Colossians 3:21 – Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

What do you do when you aren’t nice to someone?

Proverbs 10:12 – Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.

Ephesians 4:29 – Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

James 4:10 – Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

Matthew 5:23-24 – “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

What do you do when you said something in anger?

Ephesians 4:26 – In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.
Matthew 5:23-24 – “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.

Matthew 5:22 – “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment.”

Each of these references can be recalled to mind when the circumstances hit. When that happens to you, you can pull on this wisdom and know what direction to take. The more scripture you memorize, the more you can pull to mind when the situations occur. The instruction will be held fast and guarded for use when needed. The best weapons and shields are used as such.