When reading the Bible, sometimes a verse just strikes me. God’s Word truly is alive, and He speaks through it when we are willing to listen. As Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is quick [alive], and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Despite the power of the Word of God, I tend to quickly forget what I’ve learned in my devotion time if I don’t make an effort to return to these verses later. For quick reference, I use a color-coding technique to categorize each verse that I highlight. Below, you can find the four different categories that I use.
Yellow indicates a verse about comfort.
In my last post, 5 Verses to Battle Anxiety, I talked about different verses that bring me comfort during bouts of anxiety. Since I struggle with worrying so much, I seek out verses of comfort regularly, and I highlight these in yellow. Later, when I feel worried, I can quickly flip through my Bible, pick out those yellow verses, and refocus my mind.
Pink represents a verse that I need to apply to my life.
When I find a verse that especially convicts my heart, I highlight it in pink. These are often commands that I need to obey. For example, I Corinthians 10:31 says, “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” I recognize this verse as a command for me to follow, and highlighting it in pink provides me with a great visual reminder.
Blue indicates a verse with a blunt fact.
For example, the world might argue back and forth about the natural goodness of the heart of mankind. Some people say that all people are naturally good, but their environments corrupt them. Others say that some people are good and some people are bad. But the Bible makes it very clear that man’s heart is not naturally good. Jeremiah 17:9 says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” I highlight this verse in blue to remind myself that this is a fact spoken by God, no matter what various people might say about the subject.
Orange reveals a verse regarding salvation.
I use orange to highlight verses that can help someone come to the point of salvation. This means, through these verses, we understand that…
- Everyone sins.
- Everyone is condemned to an eternity in Hell because of his sin.
- No one can pay for his own sin with good works.
- Jesus is God’s Son, sent to Earth to die as a perfect sacrificial payment for our sin.
- If we believe this truth and accept Jesus’s payment for our sin, He saves us from Hell, and we will instead go to Heaven to be with God.
I highlight these verses for two reasons. First, I can easily remember that God loves me, and I can thank Him for my salvation. Second, I can quickly find these verses when I need to share them with someone else who does not yet know or believe this truth.