V for Values

What do you value?  Whatever you care for, protect, spend time with, work to get more of are probably what you value.

Here are some things that God wants us to value highly.

1.  God Himself – Matthew 22:37-38
And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the great and foremost commandment.

2.  People – Genesis 9:6
Whoever sheds man’s blood,
By man his blood shall be shed,
For in the image of God
He made man.
Matthew 5:21-22
You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

3.  Instruction of Parents – Proverbs 1:8-9
Hear, my son, your father’s instruction
And do not forsake your mother’s teaching;
Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head
And ornaments about your neck.

4.  God’s Word – Psalm 119:89, 140, 160
Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven.
Your word is very pure,
Therefore Your servant loves it.
The sum of Your word is truth,
And every one of Your righteous ordinances is everlasting.

5.  Our relationship with God – Philippians 3:7-10
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ.  More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death

6.  Things that are eternal – 2 Corinthians 4:18
while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Hebrews 11:24-26
By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to endure ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt; for he was looking to the reward.

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