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GOD’S BEAUTIFUL JEWEL

The gentle way of a woman
Is one of God’s wondrous creations.
Kind in words, she brings joy to others.
Calm in voice, she is a peacemaker.
Resolved in her faith,
She raises up the young,
Giving encouragement and praise,
Showing the way to God.
Thoughtful and loving,
She focuses on others needs,
Remembering also to spend time with God,
Refreshing herself.
She builds relationships
With wisdom and forgiveness.
Sacrifices she makes for her significant other
Flow from Love.
A fruitful woman,
She remains a branch
Proceeding from the Vine,
Abiding in Christ, waiting for His lead.
Her love for God is hewn in stone,
She sparkles as a jewel
In God’s loving eyes.
She shares the Gospel with the world,
Telling of the strength and salvation
To be found in Him.
She is acquainted with God’s work
For she knows God intimately;
She knows His Heart,
She is God’s beautiful jewel.

Copyright 2007 Betsy Borchardt
Based on Proverbs 31 Woman

THOUGHTS ON CHRIST’S COMING

Christ’s first coming as an infant in Bethlehem fulfilled prophecies of old, of a Savior to come for a people He loved so, He could not let them go. God had set into action the plan He had ordained from the beginning of the worlds — the Son who came to this world to become our Redeemer, a life-line for humanity separated from God by sin. A gulf of darkness pervaded the earth. Iniquity still abounds. Christ came as our Bright and Morning Star, dispelling the darkness, calling us to Him for forgiveness, reconciliation, and life — eternal life with Him.

Christ came without fanfare, except for the angels proclaiming His birth to humble shepherds in an austere setting.

Jesus lived His life in total accordance with the Father’s will. Let us, this Christmas, be reminded of our calling as Christians: to live obedient and holy lives, sharing our faith with non-believers and expressing our love to family members, friends, and strangers alike. Perhaps we could invite our non-churchgoing neighbor to Christmas service.

What we do with the rest of our lives, whether we draw closer to Jesus or go our own way, is important to contemplate this Christmas.

Christ’s Second Coming will be soon, as the signs of the times point to. Of the signs Jesus laid out all through the book of Matthew, chapter 24 in the Bible, Jesus said: “when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the very doors” (Matthew 24:33).

As an infant, Christ came humbly. His Second Coming will be glorious and magnificently visual, for He will come as the victorious King, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of His angels, to claim His people who love and obey Him, people He has purchased with His blood.

— Scripture quotation taken from NKJV —

TO KNOW HIM

The well ran dry
Who knows the cause
Could it be all thoughts
Are straggled and lost
Flowing not from His Word

We need a guide
To stay on track
Lest we derail
Losing the oil of life
Precious God-given power
To just say no
Denying Satan a bounty
Your priceless life

Priceless souls
Christ died to save
Grab your shields now
Cling to His Word
Enter its courts
Fall before the King
In adoration
Praise and honor
Give Him your ear
Surrender your heart
Pour out your soul
For to know Him
Cleanses thoughts
Returns us to the well
That never runs dry

GOD’S LAW — JUST RULES?

What is the greatest gift we can give to the Lord? Would it be going to church weekly on the Sabbath for worship service? This is certainly one of the duties of a Christian. God looks with great favor on those who worship Him. Our duty to Him to comply with the fourth commandment is partially fulfilled by this worship of Him. The other component is ceasing work on the Sabbath. I would advise you to read the fourth commandment in it’s entirety, found in Exodus 20:8-11. It is the longest of the Ten Commandments and bears careful consideration.

Another gift we give our Lord is loving our neighbor. Truly loving, reaching out to him in times of struggle or sorrow, involves sacrifice on on part. Spending time with friends in wholesome activities that glorify God, helps developmental growth and offers opportunites for exchange of spiritual experiences. We all need to witness our faith.

When Jesus was on earth He reached out in love to thousands of needy souls, curing their illnesses, as well as teaching and healing them spiritually. When we follow His example by loving our neighbor, we please Him. Although our human abilities are limited compared to Jesus’ capacities which were aided by His dual divine and human nature, He knows we are helping Him move His work forward when we show genuine love for one another. Jesus says: “By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” (John 13:35).

As followers of Christ we need to attend seriously to the Ten Commandments. God gave us His commandments because He loves us immensely. He wants us to avoid sin and its disastrous consequences. He wants us to be happy. Obedience to all of the Ten Commandments is the supreme gift of love we can offer the Lord. It reciprocates the love He has for us.

But how do I keep all the commandments of God, you may ask? I am prone to sin because of my human nature. Well, there is a solution: abide in Christ. Connect with Him in prayer each day. Stay close to Him and depend upon Him to guide you all day. If you slip up He is there to help. God’s Word says: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

If we obey the Ten Commandments, not as a set of rules we have to follow, but as a deep expression of our love for God, who sent His only Son to die for us, He accepts our obedience as the greatest gift we can give Him.

(All quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

LEADING FROM THE HEART

So many people today make decisions, both major and minor ones, without consulting their hearts. The heart is the seat of love. Criteria most often used in making decisions stem from selfish vices. What will I gain financially or materialistically? How will my choice allow me to put forth less effort? Will this choice allow me to spend more time surfing the internet, entertaining myself? Will it allow me to limit my time helping people I deem uninteresting or undeserving, to satisfy my needs first? Will this choice further my dreams regardless of how it affects others close to me?

Our priorities certainly can get out of order. We need to turn toward Jesus as our model to live with divine purpose, thereby striking vices from our lives. Divine purpose uses love in making decisions. Sure, we need to allow our minds guide our choices, but love needs to play a predominant role. We need to lead from the heart.

A prayerful, daily study of the Bible will acquaint us with Jesus’ motives. Motives are at the root of voluntary decisions. Jesus’ motives sprang from love for mankind, shaping His decision to die on the cross for us, saving us from the result of our sin — everlasting death. Christ’s love for us is manifested for us thoughout the Bible.

I counsel you to feed on His Word, the Bible, drawing life from God’s expression of love found therein. Model your life after Jesus, always remembering Jesus’ words: “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34,35). The decisions we make will, then naturally, lead from the heart because we love one another as He has loved us.

Considering others in our decisions endears us to them and helps reveal our divine purpose: to love and serve the Lord. This act of worshipping God by loving and serving Him, when seen by non-believers, tends to attract them to the Lord. It creates a kernel of spiritual life in them so necessary to begin a walk with God.

The greatest love we can extend to those in spiritual darkness is to witness our faith through our actions and lifestyle choices. This method can win more souls to Christ than words alone. The key to Christian decision making is leading from the heart. Only when we are unencumbered by selfish motives can we, then receive a blessing when bringing others to Christ.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

JESUS CHRIST SAVES

Jesus’ gift of life to us
The eternal life we lost in sin
He offered to us at the Cross
Because He loves us endlessly.
He suffered total separation from God
Fearing it may be His eternal grave.
Yet He clung to this horrible death
Because He knew there was no other way
To appease God’s wrath against the mar
The enormity of sin.

Jesus’ resurrection shone so bright
To all who would believe in Him.
His ever mastery of love and life
He revealed in full glory.

Those who love Him will reign with Him
As saints and even priests,
To complete the justice and the love
Christ proved at Calvary.

GOD’S PLAN

“For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be
upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace”
(Isaiah 9:6).

The Child born that day in Bethlehem proved Wonderful, for He was born to give Himself, years later, as a sacrifice for our sins. He beckons, yes, offers us the gift of everlasting life with Him if we but choose to accept Him as our Savior.

Christ is also our Counselor, the omniscient One to guide us in all matters and become our best Friend, for He knows us — He created us and is our Mighty God.

As a part of the Triune Godhead, Christ is one with His Everlasting Father, a Father who loves us unconditionally — our Abba Father.

The Son of God, our Prince of Peace, saved us from our sins and this same Prince of Peace promised to come again to take us home with Him to heaven if we make a place for Him in our lives.

Let us consider Christ, our Messiah, as this Christmas fades, retain His gift of love and peace in our hearts, and remember to extend that same love to others, until He comes again in glory. Amen.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

THE GIFT OF JESUS

My hollow heart extended no love
until it was filled with the Lord above.
Christ came to me one Christmas season–
a gift from a friend who had a reason.

A reason to rejoice in the baby Jesus
who’d been loved by some
But sent for all,
To become our Savior afterall.

My mind was set on fame, you see,
A quest that would have surely destroyed me.
But a friend reached out,
Showing me Christ.
And baby Jesus came to stay,
In my heart one Christmas day.

EMBRACING GOD

A rich, satisfying experience, even in tough times, can be obtained only by making God the center of our lives. You may say, “But I want to be the center of my life.” I have known people who put themselves at the center of their universe. I was one of them. They are, in a word, selfish. Take another look at your heart. Do you want to love, to share, and to bless others? Well, you need to put God first. Only by abiding in Christ, or staying connected to Him, letting Him mold your character to the likeness of His own, can you be equipped to truly love others.

There is no love without sacrifice. Who of us can deny Christ loves us? He gave His life for each of us. He reconciled us to God. While abiding in Christ, He gives us the power to carve out those bad habits and those unloving behaviors and pitch them. Only then will we reflect Him and be a source of blessing to others.

You may wonder, is the act of blessing others, bringing happiness, the true meaning of life? Many philosophers as well as ordinary people have struggled with the meaning of life question. Some say we live to love others, many say we live for pleasure, while others are comfortable without an answer to this question.

God says in His written Word, the Bible, that we live first and foremost to love and obey Him, our Creator. But why love God, some question? The Bible stresses: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Solomon, the God inspired author of this verse, recognized that fearing God means to hold God in awe. Beyond that, to obey His Ten Commandments simply ensures our happiness because it acknowledges that we accept His being in control. He is a benevolent, loving God and He is above all other gods. To think the god of pleasure will bring us happiness is an illusion, because it showers us with only fleeting moments of bliss.

God promises us an eternity with Him if we but follow Him, accepting Christ as our Lord and Savior. We need not, nor cannot earn salvation through good works, although good works go hand-in-hand with an abiding faith in God. Instead, we believe in Christ, our Savior, looking to His perfect life and death. He died as our substitute to satisfy the wages of sin which is death. His Word says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). By repenting of our sins we show we love God enough to have Him reproduce His image in us. We no longer live for self, but for Him.

Christ beckons us: “Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).

When we follow Christ we are freed from the bondage sin creates. Christ teaches us humility and we no longer feel societal pressure to be the best. We can rest in being precious in His sight and will become all God has planned for us, all the while feeling His loving embrace. This, I think is an admirable goal and at the heart of the meaning of life.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

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