Some of our recent posts on Voices have proven controversial. Folks have strong opinions about SBC politics, racial reconciliation, and especially President Trump. I thought I would write a post that would be noncontroversial. In the old days, when William Thornton and I were young, pastors would ask their congregations to recite their favorite Bible verses. This was usually done during the Sunday night service. (You must be really old to remember those.) One by one the members would stand and recite their favorite verse and explain why they chose that verse. So, I thought we might do that. Surely, we can avoid acrimony in regard to Bible verses.
My favorite verse is also my “life verse,” 2 Timothy 2:2. “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (NKJV).A visiting missionary showed me this verse when I was in college. It has guided my life and career now for fifty years. I’ve lived this out in that I’ve spent my life serving in theological education, both overseas and here in the USA. I appreciate this verse because it emphasizes multiplying church leaders. I’ve tried to impart to my students the truths my professors taught me.
My dear (and long-suffering) wife always mentions. Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths” (NKJV). I testify that it has served her well. She has been an exemplary wife, mother, and missionary.
Well, what is your favorite verse? Please tell us the verse and the reason it means so much to you. I hope readers who do not usually respond will do so. I look forward to reading your responses.