Life lessonsWho knows some Life lessons from in the Bible?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

One parable that is certainly relevant to teaching young people is that of the talents.  This is in Matthew: 25-13ff.  Unfortunately some new versions of the Bible omit the entire parable.

A man who is going on a journey entrusts his property to the servants.  To one he gives 5 talents (money), another two, and to another one, "according to their ability."  The man who has received 5 immediately puts his money to work and makes 5 more; likewise,the one who has received 2 doubles his.  But, the servant who has received 1 talent went off, dug a hole, and buried his master's money.

When the man returns, he calls in his servants and asks them about the talents with which he has entrusted them.  When the first two tell him that they have made money for them, he praises them, saying that he will put them in charge of many things.  But, when the lazy servant tells him that he just buried his talent because he was afraid as he knew that the man reaped where he had not sown and he could not do as well, the man becomes angry: "Thou wicked, lazy servant!"  The man tells the servant that he should have invested the money with the bankers so that there would be more when the man returned.  He takes the one talent away from the lazy servant and throws him out into the darkness, but rewards the others.

LESSON:  Make the most of your talents in order to be successful.


Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

God knew us before we were made--He knit us in the womb (Psalm 139:13) and knew everything about us before we even existed.  We were "fearfully and wonderfully made." That means there are no surprises with God. Today's  "crisis" or tomorrow's woes or next week's heartaches are not unknown to Him.  I take great comfort in remembering these things, as it's so easy to get caught up in today and in today's worries and problems.  There is a bigger picture, and God is the creator and designer of that picture.  We may be taken by surprise, but He never is. He's the same yesterday, today, and forever.  I love that. 

accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Just a few to pick from then! You would do much better to ask this question of one particular book of the Bible rather than vaguely referring to the whole collection of books that lie in the Bible. One of my favourite books that gives lots of earthy wisdom is Proverbs, which contain great and sometimes hilarioius aphorisms. My favourite is as follows:

Like a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.

Basically, learn from your mistakes!

booksnmore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Love your neighbor as yourself. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Both concepts teach me that most of us spent way too much time harboring negative feelings toward others. I don't think it's what God intended. God loves each of us and wants us to love one another.

ask996 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I’ve always found great comfort in knowing that God knows where even the smallest of sparrows have fallen. It gives me comfort to know that even when life seems at its worst God is in control.

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The story of the Good Samaritan tells us to treat the downtrodden (and even our enemies) with kindness and respect. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" is a similar motto to live by.

epollock | Student

Some lessons are basically how to treat people, and how live your life spiritually well, if you believe in that particular religion in the first place. Most of that religious work has lessons for how to live better and how to live well free from stress and other impositions.

mochachik | Student

Speak out to God, whether others listen or not.

Wondering how you should feel about the sin you see around you? Sorry, that's how! God notices those who are genuinely sorry about sin.

When others are pulling you in different direction, urging you to follow them remeber my promise. I will give you an undivided heart, a focus and pupose that will not lead you astray.

mochachik | Student

Some are:

God hates pride.

When others are hurting show them love.

God will keep his promises.You can count on it.

God will punish sin,but he also promises restoration and healing.

God has all of th future in his hand.Nothing happens that suprises him.

Anyone who calls on the lord will be saved.