Memorizing scripture definitely does not lack effort. I used to try to memorize a new scripture. I learned it and could say it for a few days but then I completely forgot them. Zack and I learned a bunch of scriptures. The first one we learned was Proverbs 3:5-6 and the second one we learned was 1 Corinthians 10:13. Those are literally the only two I remember fully without hesitation. Now that I am even more in the word than I was at that time, I put more time into memorizing scripture for many reasons, which I will gladly share with you.
Reasons why you should be memorizing scripture…
1. It helps you
On many occasions, I have used the verses I memorized just to simply encourage me and help me remember what God says about what I’m going through. For example, when I am going through a trial, I can be quick to say James 1:2-3 in my head. Knowing that verse, I can quickly remind myself that there is a reason I am going through what I am; when my faith is tested, it produces perseverance and steadfastness.
I also love having a constant reminder of how deep God’s love is for me, that God keeps His promises, that I need to go to God in prayer in every situation and be thankful for it, rather than being anxious, etc. See there are so many bible verses that could just change my overall attitude throughout my day and help me in my walk with God. Let bible verses and passages be in your heart and in your mind.
It really helps me to “do what Jesus would do” in every situation. As Christians, we are called to strive to be like Jesus.I don’t think the bible meant eat the pages when it said to have the word inside you. 1 John 2:6 says, “Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk in the same way he walked.” Notice it says walk in the same manner. We are never going to be anything like Jesus. Although we try to walk the same way He walked, we aren’t perfect like Him so we can’t but we need to be doing everything to try to. We need to try to be humble like He was, loving like He was, patient like He was, etc. (Take the “Like Jesus Challenge” with me!)
2. It helps others
Having the word in your heart and your mind could really help others if you let it. If you see a brother struggling or in need, you could quote a scripture or give him the scripture to look up for themselves to encourage them or even point them in the godly direction. I remember, my freshman year of high school, I had a girl that wasn’t a Christian in my gym class that I hung out with every day because I didn’t know many people (I was a weird, ugly freshman, scared to even speak to people). Every day, she would find a way to discourage me by being rude or mean to me. I’m not sure if she meant to do it but every day, after P.E., I would be in a horrible mood.
Not knowing what to do…
I went up to one of my favorite Christian friends that I highly looked up to as a newer Christian, K.C., and was just complaining about the situation to her in the lunch line. I remember her writing a scripture on my hand. It was Matthew 5:38-44. She basically just explained not to let anyone discourage me; I needed to turn the other cheek, go the extra mile for those who try to bring me down, and love and pray for the people that persecute me. I could never thank K.C. enough for giving me that scripture that day, I’d helped in a way she could never imagine. It stays with me and I use the lesson she taught me often.
If that simple scripture did what it did for me, imagine what you could do for others using scripture. Even though you may not think much of it or think it is that big of a deal, it is. It was a big enough deal to me that I am writing about it in a blog post almost 6 years later. Be an encouragement to others through the word. God gave it to us for a reason.
3. You may need it and not have it
I know this generation is filled with technology that can serve as a way to read the bible without having a bible with you. Sometimes, you won’t have that. You can’t always have a bible with you or have your phone out. What if you needed a scripture at work, while you’re with your friends, at a dinner, or a meeting? For me personally, sometimes God tells me to say a bible verse during worship. I can’t have a bible in my hand, searching for the scripture, while playing guitar. That would definitely be hard.
Rather than having to stop playing and getting out a bible, I could quote the scripture that I already have memorized. At my church, we have these small groups after service, and I am quick to quote scripture while talking about the service and what I learned. Sometime’s you need scripture but don’t have it with you or aren’t in a place where you can get to it.
How do you memorize scripture?
Well, everyone’s different. There are many ways to effectively memorize scripture. My best friend and I started learning scripture together; we learn a verse or two every week. I send her any new scriptures that I learn and she does the same for me. She constantly sends me a reference from the list and then I quote it back to her without looking. Like I did with Zack, we learned them good for a few days but I never went back to those verses so I forgot them after a week. If you are going back to these scriptures, it helps you to keep them in your heart and mind. The bible verses I am now learning with my best friend are verses I can say without hesitation or questioning if I said it right because I am always saying them.
When I memorize a verse, I write it in the back of my prayer journal with the reference and verse so that I can look at them after praying. Then, on another page, I just put the references so I can quiz myself.
Here are a few ways you can learn scripture better:
- Set the verse as your lock screen and read it every time you open your phone.
- Write the verse somewhere you’ll see it every day (On your mirror or in your locker).
- Quote the scripture to a close friend every time you see them.
- Write it on your hand
- Read it 5 times, say it 5 times, then write it.
See, there are many ways to memorize. Those are just a few, I would love to hear what you do to memorize scripture. If you don’t memorize scripture regularly, I highly encourage you to. If you need any help, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org).