ABIDE IN LOVE
As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. (John 15:9)
This new year has barely begun, bringing new opportunities as well as new lessons to learn. No matter how old we get, there is always something new to learn. As mentioned in my previous post, my words for #oneword2023 are ABIDE and SAVOR. I want to learn to abide in love more and more! Yet, not just any love but that of Jesus. He is the reason for our sure hope.
As I learn more of what it means to abide in Christ, I want to savor the moments of each day. I want to be more aware of the presence of the Lord in everything I do, taking time to meditate on His word and actions in my life. Though I’m often busy, without a lot of alone time, I will try to carve out little snippets of time to sit still, notice, savor, and give thanks.
SLOW DOWN AND SAVOR
Taste and see that the Lord is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8)
A synonym for savor is the word, taste. How do we go about tasting to see the goodness of the Lord? I think when we pause and marvel at the beauty of the earth – a rainbow, a glorious sunrise or sunset, the change of seasons – and so much more, we are tasting of the Lord’s goodness. I’m sure we could think of many other ways.
One way is through creativity. Since we are created in God’s image, I don’t think it’s too far-fetched to think that as we create we are in a way tasting of His goodness.
One of the ways I find to slow down and savor is to work on collages in my art journal. I fill the page with assorted pictures cut from magazines, sometimes adding words. It calms me and gives me joy to spend time with this type of creativity. Here is one of my latest, reminding us to savor the moments.
ABIDE IN CHRIST
Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.(John 15:4-5)
This year I want to begin exploring what it means to abide in love, to abide in Christ. He is the source of strength, the nourishment to help us bear fruit in our lives. In John 15:10, Jesus tells us:
If you keep my commands you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.
Does that mean we find a list of commands and then check them off as we do them? No, it’s not a matter of “keeping the law.” For one thing, that’s impossible. Jesus already told us that we can do nothing without Him. In 1 John 5:3, we are told that his commands are not a burden. Besides that, in verse 11 of John 15, we see that joy is one of the results of obeying Him. Then He goes on to give us a command. Loving others is a way to share the love we have been given.
“I have told you these things so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. “This is my command: Love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.John 15:11-13
Here’s another art page I finished today showing the areas I’d like to cultivate in my life this year.
Do you have a #oneword for this year? I’d love to hear your thoughts!