Loving Life

One of my most favorite scriptures out of the top two or three is John 10:10. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly”.    

 It clearly and concisely contrasts the motive of the thief (devil) with the motive of the true Shepherd (Jesus). No matter how attractive and popular the messenger is, or how enticingly the media spin the message, any influence or ideology that produces loss, death, or destruction is motivated by the devil. However, Jesus assures us that His motive for coming was to make everlasting provision for abundant life; a life filled with a sense of His purpose, an awareness of His presence, the guiding comfort of His peace, and undisrupted fellowship with God and His people. Turn on your life detector and beware of influences that produce a sense of dread or uneasiness, or maybe just a feeling of being “slimed.” Move towards and open yourself up to influences that produce life, peace, and joy, even if they challenge and stretch you. Loving life will bring you closer in alignment with the source of all life – Jesus!   


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