During December, I shared with all of you a Christmas Bible Reading Plan that I prayed would help us keep our eyes more on Jesus during one of the busiest months of the year. I just want to say thank you to all of you who shared it with your friends and family and were even kind enough to let me know how much you enjoyed it. It is a huge blessing and brings me so much joy when I get to hear and/or see that something I shared helped you in some small way in your walk with the Lord.
Since everyone seemed to love the Christmas Bible Reading Plan, I decided that I’m going to start making monthly bible reading plans that I will share on the 1st of every month. They will focus on things like who God is and His character, certain aspects of the Christian walk that we can sometimes struggle with, and growing in your faith. They will not surround certain books of the bible, but rather specific topics. Take this month’s reading plan, for example, it’s all about love: what true love is, how it changes us, how we are to love one another, and the type of love God has for each and every one of us.
My prayer for these mini topical studies/reading plans is that they would ignite a fire within your heart for the Lord. That God would use them to reveal or remind you of how rich, comprehensive, and true His Word is, and how awe-inspiring and assuring He is! I also pray that once you finish reading the daily passage that you wouldn’t simply close your bible, but that the Lord would draw you into His Word, and that you would continue reading the surrounding scriptures. That you would be assured of who your God is, and be filled with hope and joyful expectation of what your future holds, both in this life and the next!
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Get The Most Out Of Your Bible Reading Plan
- Every day before you start reading, ask the Lord to speak to you, draw you closer to Him, and for Him to reveal Himself to you through His Word.
- Download the 28day Finding True Love Scripture Writing Plan.
- Below the bible reading plan, you’ll find summaries of all four sections of the reading plan: Love Demonstrated, Love Transformed, Love For One Another, and Love Everlasting. Although you’re free to read all four summaries at once, I recommend reading one section overview at a time before you begin reading that section’s scriptures.
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“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8
On day 1, we start by learning exactly what love is. It’s not a feeling or even a word, but an action. Before we loved God, He loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us…for you…for me…for everyone. When we were living completely for ourselves, not worrying about what God wanted for our lives or what glorified Him, He already sacrificed Jesus for us.
I lived most of my life for myself, but you can read how I came to truly know and love the Lord here.
Really think about that for a moment and let it sink in: Jesus Christ died for THE WORLD. That means everyone! Even the ones who actively oppose Him, profane His name, and refute His existence today! He died for them as much as He died for you, and as much as He died for the ones who plotted against him and subsequently murdered Him, the men who mocked Him as He hung on the cross dying, and even the ones who drove the nails into His hands. He died for all of His enemies so that one day they could make the choice to love Him back and spend eternity with Him. This is the most beautiful truth in all the world.
On days 2 and 3, we’ll read exactly what Christ went through when He was wounded for our transgressions, both physically and mentally. The night He was betrayed before He experienced any physical pain, He was sorrowful and deeply distressed as He prayed to the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus knew what was coming, that He who knew no sin would have to become sin and that He would have to experience separation from God while on the cross. Because of Christ’s obedience and sacrifice, we as Christians will never experience what Jesus had to while He hung on the cross—true separation from God.
During day 4, we will see that even though Christ internally struggled the night before His crucifixion, knowing what He would have to endure, that He freely gave His life to save us. No one took it from Him. That He is the good shepherd who lays down His life for His sheep. Then, on days 5 and 6 we learn exactly why, or rather who, He went through all that pain and suffering for, and will also learn about the inheritance that God has given to all of us through His Son, Jesus. It’s worth more than all the gold and diamonds in the world!
We close the first week of reading with a loving prayer that Christ prayed for all believers, including you and me! It’s a beautiful look into the heart of our Lord and Savior, and the love He has for all of us. By the end of this first week, I pray that you would know exactly how much you are loved by your Father in heaven and that Jesus Christ came down for you! I also pray that if there are any ladies out there who don’t have a Valentine this year, to not be sad or feel left out of this month of love. Smile and be filled with joy! The most wonderful/beautiful man who ever walked this earth not only loves you, but died for you, and wants to spend eternity with you! That’s wayyyyyy better than any flowers or chocolates!
I pray that these past seven days of reading have strengthened your understanding of the breadth and length and height and depth of Christ’s love for you. And that the next time any of us find ourselves questioning God’s love for us, that we would know that the answer lies at the beautiful cross.
The devil loves to tell us that God doesn’t love us when we mess up, but that is a lie! Read more about the lies the devil loves to tell + the truths you can rest in here.
Love Transformed (Days 8-14)
“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2
Over the next 7 days, we will look at how God’s love has the power to transform people from the inside out when they confess with their mouths that Jesus is Lord, and believe in their hearts that God raised Him from the dead (Romans 10:9). We start off on day 8 by reading about what salvation is, how one can obtain it, and how it changes us. When we accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life in Christ Jesus, we become new creations in Christ! We enter from death into life and are no longer children of wrath, but children of God.
God’s love not only has the power to save us, but to transform our hearts, thoughts, and behaviors. On days 9 + 10 we focus on how the love of Christ should compel us to shift our thinking and perspectives from the temporal to the eternal, and from self to Christ. Since Christ died for all, as believers we should no longer live for ourselves, but for Jesus, who died for us and rose again (2 Corinthians 5:15). We are to die to self but live for Christ. Do you remember Jesus’ prayer that we read on day 7? It compliments the readings for days 9 + 10 beautifully: “Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as we are one, I in them and You in Me, so that they may be brought to complete unity” (John 17:21-23).
When we accept Jesus Christ into our hearts, we become crucified with Christ, and through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, God lives within us (Galatians 2:20). The more we seek the Lord in prayer, worship, and the Word, the more our hearts and perspectives will transform and align with God’s mind and heart. What grieves God’s heart, will bring sorrow to our heart, what God finds offensive, we will want no part of, and what God rejoices in, we will desire to do.
Days 11, 12, and 13 are all about how God’s love and Christ’s example should be shaping not only our outlook on life, but also how we choose to live our lives. As new creations in Christ, we are new women in God, called to live for His glory, while fervently and completely trusting His Word in every aspect of our lives. We are to let go and turn from anything in our lives that isn’t bringing God glory while discovering and embracing that which is acceptable to the Lord (Ephesians 5:10).
At the end of the Love Demonstrated readings (Days 1-7), we learned what true love is: “It is rare indeed for anyone to die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:7-8). On day 14 of this week’s readings, you”ll learn how to truly reciprocate this love to God: “Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him” (John 14:21). Just as God showed His love for us on the cross, we show our love to God not by saying three little words, but by living in obedience to His commandments.
It is so humbling and overwhelming to think that Jesus loves us so much that He gave up His life for us. Because of this great sacrifice, we should be motivated and moved by His love to give our entire lives as offerings and sacrifices to God. When we do, God’s love will transform us from the inside out, and everyone will know that we are truly walking in the way of love, which is to walk in the way of Christ.
Don’t Forget To Download The Finding True Love Scripture Writing Plan
Love For One Another (Days 15-21)
“A new commandment I give to you: that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are My disciples; if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35
Before we begin our readings surrounding how we are to love one another, it’s important to understand that loving someone doesn’t mean accepting everything they do as right, or excusing their sins. I wanted to point this out because on day 15 we start by reading the most popular and misunderstood scripture that people love to “quote” in an effort to excuse their sins: “God is love” (1 John 4:16). God is love not because He accepts everything that we choose to do, or will turn a blind eye to the sins we commit. God is love because He died to pay the price for every sin that we’ve committed against Him: “ In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” (1 John 4:10). 1 John 4:16 doesn’t just say, “God is love”, the verse goes on to say, ” and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.” To abide in love is to abide in God, and to abide in God is to follow His Word, obey His commandments, and live our lives accordingly.
On day 16 we will see exactly why the two greatest commandments are, “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength”, and to ” love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:28-31). Then, on day 17, the apostle Paul points out that no matter what spiritual gifts you have, or what good deeds you may do, that if you don’t have love, it means nothing.
Then, we will spend days 18 + 19 in the book of Romans, focusing on the liberty we have in Christ as believers, and the outworking of love we are to show toward one another. The first half of Romans chapter 14 shines a light on the fact that we can sometimes think more highly of ourselves than we ought to, and that we have the tendency to judge other believer’s personal convictions (even though we have no right to). To illustrate this teaching, let’s look at Halloween. One Christian may feel perfectly fine with letting their children dress up and go trick or treating while thinking that the Christians who don’t let their children celebrate Halloween are too extreme, or a little crazy. Another Christian chooses to have nothing to do with Halloween while looking down on those Christians who do celebrate Halloween. Which one is doing the right thing as a Christian? Neither! Under the law of liberty, both are free to follow their own personal convictions, but neither has the right to judge the other concerning those convictions.
As we enter the second half of Romans 14, there is a scripture I want you to highlight in this chapter: “It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles is offended or is made weak” (Romans 14:21). Even though we have liberty in Christ concerning certain aspects of our lives, we need to always remember that our actions can have far reaching effects on those around us. For years, whenever my husband and I would go out to a nice dinner, I always enjoyed having a glass of red wine. I could slowly sip my glass of wine throughout dinner without becoming drunk. However, the Lord slowly started to convict me that even though I wasn’t getting drunk, that I could still be causing someone else around me to stumble.
Substance abuse is running rampant throughout our society, and it’s not a struggle that people usually openly discuss. What if someone in that restaurant is struggling with alcohol abuse, and seeing my drink would cause him or her to stumble. Yes, there may be others who are drinking in that same restaurant, but I’m not responsible for their actions. I never want to be a stumbling block for anyone, I only want to point people to Christ. As Christians, we are called to put the needs of others above ourselves: “we then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself” (Romans 15:1-3). True love for others is putting their needs above our own, and dying to self while living for Christ.
Do you remember those bracelets that had the letters W.W.J.D? (“What Would Jesus Do?”) printed on them? To this day, I still find myself reciting those four words when I’m placed in certain situations in life. However, day 20 is probably my favorite passages of scripture in this section of the bible reading plan because it adds another dimension to this great reminder. Now, not only do I ask myself, “what would Jesus do?”, but also, “what would I do if that were Jesus?”. What would I do if Jesus was the one standing on the corner begging for food? What would I do if Jesus was lonely and sick? What would I do if Jesus needed clothing? When we love others through our actions, it is not only God pouring out His love for others through us by the power of the Holy Spirit, but also the outworking of our love for God! Isn’t that amazingly beautiful!
One of the many great things about being a follower of Jesus Christ is knowing what the purpose of life is: to know God and to make Christ known. We are also blessed to know that love is the motivating factor behind both of these beautiful happenings. Christ loved us before we loved Him, and we have to love one another in order to bring others to Christ. Remember this as we read the scriptures for day 21, which exhort us to love even our enemies.
I pray that each and every single one of us would radiate Christ’s love to everyone we come in contact with—family, friends, co-workers, strangers, and even those who may hate us—and that the Lord would open doors for us to tell others about His great love for them! And let’s pray for one another! That we would have boldness and courage, and that whenever we open our mouths to proclaim Christ’s love, that God would give us the words to proclaim the gospel fearlessly!
Love Everlasting (Days 22-28)
“The Lords’s lovingkindesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22
I can think of no better place to start reading about God’s everlasting love than in Luke 16. So often, believers and nonbelievers alike believe that they have done too many terrible things for God to love them, or that they have been forgiven too many times to be forgiven once more. The three parables we read, paint a beautiful picture of the Lord’s heart toward us when we come to Him in repentance. As you read these three parables, know that Jesus is pictured as the shepherd looking for his lost sheep, the woman looking for her lost coin, and the father receiving his son with open arms. We are the lost sheep, the missing coin, and the prodigal son. I pray that as you walk away from day 22, that you would know that you can never do anything that would cause God to stop loving you. Whenever we have strayed from Him, He has always been waiting to receive us back into the fold of Christ, with open and loving arms.
On day 23, we will be reassured that Christ can never, and will never forget or forsake us as His children. Then, on day 24, we’ll read a Psalm of David that tells us just how intimately God knows each and every single one of us. He knows every terrible thought we’ve ever had, every careless word we’ve ever said, and every sin we’ve ever committed. He knows everything there is to know about us, and yet, He still loves us. Nothing we could ever do, think, or say would cause God to stop loving us. Psalm 139 also invalidates the lie that God is too busy to think, or worry about what is going on in our individual lives: “How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand” (Psalm 139:17-18).
When we reach day 25, we will reread Romans 8:31-39, which emphasizes God’s everlasting love for His children no matter the season of life: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?…Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:35,37). Life is full of ups and downs, and whether you’re loving life at the moment, or in the middle of a heartbreak: GOD LOVES YOU AND IS BY YOUR SIDE! It is not our circumstances that determine whether God loves us or not, He proved His love for us on the cross! On day 26, we will be reassured and reminded that God is working everything out (even the difficult things) for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
Have you ever wondered whether the things that happen to us are accidents, coincidences, or God? You can find the answer here.
I wanted to close the Finding True Love Bible Reading Plan by doing two things:
- Blessing the Lord with a song of praise in our hearts for everything that He is, and everything that He has and will do for us because of His great love. On day 27, Psalm 103 does just that!
- With a reminder of our future on day 28. When Christ said, “It is finished” on the cross, the final sacrifice for sin was given, and because of this we never have to experience separation from God or eternal death. However, because we live in a sinful world we will still experience sorrow, disappointments, and pain in this life. BUT, there will come a day when Christ will say, “It is done!”, and we will never again experience the pain that sin causes. Christ will be our God, we will be His daughters, and we will get to experience what true love is for all eternity! Amen? Amen!
How are you feeling at this moment? I pray loved, because that’s exactly how I’m feeling! How can any of us not feel loved, when we’ve spent the last 28 days reading the most beautiful love letter ever written? I’m so amazed by our God, and the fact that His Word is so alive and active! No matter how many times I read the bible, the Lord always has something new for me! Through this reading plan, He has deepened my understanding of who He is, and what He expects from all of us! Did it do the same for you? I pray that it did! I also pray that all of us would never doubt God’s love for us ever again. That we would know that He demonstrated His love for us on the cross, and that like Him, His love is eternal. I pray that His love would overwhelm us to love not only Him but others more deeply. That we would submit our will to His will, and dedicate our lives to knowing Him deeper, and sharing the good news to hurting people in this world that they are loved by God and that they can be saved by the blood of Christ!
I’ve truly loved focusing on God’s love this month with all of you, and I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store for all of us in March!
Remember to walk in love toward everyone God places in your path this month (and every month after), and don’t forget to share the Finding True Love Bible Reading Plan with your friends and family on Facebook and Instagram (with the #organicchristianliving), so that you can spread God’s love to all the people in your life!
And when you’re ready to start a new bible reading plan, you can get the 20 day He Is Faithful Bible Reading Plan here.
A Few Reminders/A Little Encouragement
These reading plans are by no means meant to replace your own study of the bible, take the place of your women’s bible study, or even church. If you want a deep meaningful relationship with God, you will need to be in His word for more than 5-10 minutes a day. These mini topical studies are meant to be added to your current study of God’s word, not a replacement.
Also, don’t give up or feel bad if you fall behind a day or two of the reading schedule! You’ll quickly be able to catch up and get back on track by bundling two days together. You can even bundle every two days together and make this a 14 day reading plan instead of a 28 day one!