I have never planted flower bulbs in the fall that push through the ground with budding brilliance in the spring.
But I know the drill. The school kids have come by with their fundraiser sheets to purchase the bulbs and I always kindly reply, “Sorry, I don’t garden.” (I can’t even keep a cactus alive). But to be honest, I don’t have the good patience to spend the money and do the work to have to wait until the spring to see the flowers.
I was reminded of this when I read about the Life-giving power of our God in John 5 today:
In the amplified bible the phrase “self-existent” is added. How amazing to think about the self-sustaining power of God!
The Father freely gave that same life-giving power to Jesus, and then he freely gave the same life-giving power to us, who believe in Him.
My question to you today is:
Are you passing on this life giving power to anyone else?
Are you speaking the life-giving words of truth to the people closest to you? Those in your own home?
Sometimes at home is where speaking kind, loving, life-giving, graceful words is the hardest. These people we love the most can receive the most life-killing words from us if we aren’t careful. Because we are our real selves at home, the daily frustrations can make life-giving words hard to find.
But these are the people who need to hear them from us the most.
The Lord has convicted me lately about the way I correct my kids. Jesus brought life-giving conviction, pointing them to himself as the way to eternal life. This is the kind of correction and judgement I want to speak into my kids’ lives.
I want to correct my kids in a way that points them to life-giving repentance and dependence on Life Himself. I don’t want them to stay siting in a puddle of sin. I want them to rise up out of the mud and take hold of the Life-giver.
I want to plant life-giving seeds of truth in their hearts that will create a beautiful garden of eternal worth later.
“God sees you and loves you right now.”
“I forgive you, let’s try again.”
“I have to give you a consequence because I love you.”
<<<And we all know what life-giving words can do in our marriages. They can move you closer together or farther apart from each other. >>>>>
For your husband:
“Thank you.” (seed planted)
“I’m sorry.” (seed watered)
“You are right.” Ouch, that one hurts sometimes, right?! (seed fertilized)
“You are the best husband ever.” (sunshine on the seed)
All these words add up to a robust, vibrant garden of new life in the spring time.
I explained it to my girls like this when I heard them arguing in the backseat on the way home today:
“Girls, you are just tearing up each other’s gardens instead of planting beautiful flowers for each other. Let’s talk nice.”
Let’s ask the Life Giver to gives us the words to build beautiful gardens for each other, one word at a time. 🙂
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