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“The Joy and Benefits of Abiding in the Words of Jesus”Categories: from the minister's desk
Well it’s that time of the year again when gifts are bought, received and given. There may or may not be an exchange or ‘give and get in return’ from the person gifted. But when the gift is unwrapped, revealed and is put to use, then the purpose of gifting is fulfilled. Make sure you unwrap and use the gifts given you and have the right attitude of appreciation for the gift and the giver. I wish for every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous life going forward Lord willing.
Abiding in the doctrine of Christ has awesome benefits. Let me share a spiritual perspective for this gift giving event. God gave us His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus is the gift. God gave this gift out of love for mankind. The purpose of this gift was for mankind’s salvation from eternal condemnation. John3:16-18
If we ‘abide in the words of Jesus’ we would know the purpose of gift giving, have the right attitude in gift giving and be appreciative of the gifts and the gift givers. Do not buy gifts, give and exchange gifts just because everyone else is doing it. Do not try to match gifts, what you think you ought to get and don’t, then allow that to give you a bad attitude toward the gift or the gift giver. The joy is to be in the giving first and getting later. God gave Jesus first and gets His glory when His gift is accepted and obeyed. The purpose is to provide for one’s needs or desires. The attitude is to be from the heart in love, because you want to. ‘Abiding in the words of Jesus’ reveals that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts20:35 Don’t doubt this or wrestle with it, do it and let the Lord show you His truth. “His word is truth.” Abide in it.
‘Abide in the words of Jesus’ and “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure you allot, it shall be measured unto you.” Lk.6:38 There are benefits in knowing how to give that you may receive from the ultimate giver, far greater than you give. Hearing the words of Jesus every Sunday is not the same as abiding in the words of Jesus. Many hear “… sow sparingly… reap sparingly… sow bountifully… reap bountifully… God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that you always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound unto to every good work.” 2Cor.9:6-8 To have a good Christmas, a happy and prosperous life going forward, get in and abide in the words of Jesus!