….we unwrap it, we examine it. We learn about it and enjoy it. And, we make the gift a part of our lives.
God gave us the ultimate gift – Jesus Christ – “the Word made flesh”. The Bible says: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son…” John 3:16
If we receive God’s gift of His Son, Jesus, into our hearts, we become His children. The Bible tells us: “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name…” John 1:12
If we study God’s Word, we then learn about Him, His ways, His love for us, and how He helps us to grow each day. The Bible says, “All Scripture is given….for instruction in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16
Simply put, the Bible is God’s Word to us! And as we study it and its lessons, we discover and learn how to live as God, our Creator, designed us to live. And as a result, we please Him, plus, we experience His joy and peace.
In this process of reading and studying God’s Word, ask Jesus to join you, and to help you learn what He would have us know from His Holy Word. Enjoy your time reading God’s Word and getting to know Him better. And as the Holy Spirit leads and guides your eyes, your heart, your mind, and your spirit, you will grow as God designed you to grow.
Oh, the love of Jesus! The great, great, LOVE of Jesus.
Truly, all we like sheep have gone astray, drawn by distractions that lead us away from Him. YET, the Great Shepherd persistently and patiently seeks US out.
The two characteristics we observe in the widow in the parable in Luke 18:1-8 are persistence and patience. In many ways, these traits reflect the character of God, in Whose image we are created, and Whose love for us never ends.
As we grow and mature in knowing Him through His Word, we become aware of God’s character, often expressed through Jesus and the stories (parables) He shared. Those story lines are always captivating. The purpose of each is for us to notice/understand the character trait(s) taught. And…the ultimate lesson in each is to practice those trait(s) in our walk with Him, in this case, persistence and patience.
Help me, Lord, to become more like You in my character. And, help me to be a teachable student.