Could It Get Any Better?

Because of space limitations, we can give only a few examples. What examples they are! First and foremost, we are given the greatest of all blessings; it is to have a personal relationship with our Creator. That blessing is ours when we receive the Lord Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord. When we do that, all sins are forgiven. New life (His) enters our innermost being. We become children of God. Peace enters our hearts. God’s peace is ours for the taking. His love is poured out on us; His joy fills us. He gives us purpose. He offers guidance and direction for our daily lives. He provides discipline, correction and fruitful living. We have a whole volume of God’s Word, the Bible. It gives understanding, knowledge and wisdom about how to live life to the fullest, it reveals God’s plan for the ages, our part in that plan, and gives us a glimpse of our eternal future. He will bear our burdens and give us grace, comfort, healing and hope. Well, I’m just getting “warmed up,” but I have to stop somewhere, so, consider this hymn by Charles Wesley: “Christ, from Whom All Blessings Flow.”  Think on the content, carefully: “Christ, from Whom all blessings flow, perfecting the saints below, hear us, who Thy nature share, who Thy mystic body are. Join us, in one spirit join, let us still receive of Thine; still for more on Thee we call, Thou Who fillest all in all. Move and actuate and guide, diverse gifts to each divide; placed according to Thy will, let us all our work fulfill; Never from Thy service move, needful to each other prove; use the grace on each bestowed, tempered by the art of God. Many are we now, and one, we who Jesus have put on; there is neither bond nor free, male nor female, Lord, in Thee. Love, like death, hath all destroyed, rendered all distinctions void; names and sects and parties fall; Thou, O Christ, art all in all.” As Paul reminds us: “Blessed (be) the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly (places) in Christ: according as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in the Beloved, in Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace; wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence” (Ephesians 1:3-8). Selah! As the hymnwriter says: “blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside.” If you haven’t entered into that relationship, I urge you to do it now, while you can!    Ron

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