ABIDE IN CHRIST
The Lord will send his faithful love by day; his song will be with me in the night—a prayer to the God of my life. (Psalm 42:8)
Choosing the word abide for my #oneword2023 easily led to selecting a second word, savor. When we abide in Christ, we can savor His unconditional love. I used Rhymezone to find synonyms for abiding and savor. Some of them were quite interesting.
Synonyms: lasting, enduring, permanent, imperishable, deepening, obeying, adhering
Synonyms: relish, taste, enjoy, cherish, relax, embrace, celebrate
As I ponder those synonyms and relate them to abiding in Christ, I see it as a lasting relationship with Him. This imperishable connection deepens as we cling to Christ and obey His commands. As we grow closer to Him through reading the Bible, praying, and meditating on His word, we learn about His unconditional love. He loved us before we even knew about Him.
But God proves his own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. How much more then, since we have now been justified by his blood, will we be saved through him from wrath. For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, then how much more, having been reconciled, will we be saved by his life. Romans 5:8-10
When we think about the sacrifice Jesus made for us, we understand a bit of His unconditional love. He knew there was no way for us to come up to Him. So, He came down to us, lived a sinless life, died a cruel death, then rose triumphantly from the grave. Besides all that, He promised never to leave us, to give us strength and peace, and provide for our needs.
Author of our faith
Bore our sins upon the cross
Intercedes for us.
Deemed clean by Him, now we have
SAVOR CHRIST’S UNCONDITIONAL LOVE
We taste and see that the Lord is good (Psalm 34:8) as we abide in Him. Knowing He loves us unconditionally, we can cherish this relationship, relaxing in His embrace. I know that we don’t literally feel God’s arms around us. It’s experiencing the peace that He gives when we put our trust in Him and spend time studying His word and praying.
When we meditate on God’s word, letting it simmer, our minds are renewed, and our relationship with Him grows deeper. He is our refuge, our strength, our Savior and Lord.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my rock where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)
Sing and praise the Lord
All I have I owe to Him
Very God, He is
Over all, He reigns as King,
Righteous and holy
What about you? How have you experienced God’s unconditional love?