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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 10, 2016

Parson to Person - Let the Lord’s love flow

By REV. MARK R. YOUNGQUIST, Swedesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church | Nov 04, 2016

With harvest winding up, I want to look at what it means to be satisfied, to live a life filled with satisfaction and thanksgiving.

I’d like to start with words from Romans 5: “Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit which has been given to us.”

The Sea of Galilee is a beautiful, fresh-water lake filled with fish and other signs of life. It was the body of water that Jesus’ disciples fished in. The Dead Sea, on the other hand, is just like its name suggests, without life.

What is interesting is that these two radically different bodies of water share the same source of water. So why is one brimming with life, and the other is not? The Sea of Galilee has an outlet for the waters that flow into it, causing it to remain fresh. But the Dead Sea has no outlet for its water. The water sits there until it finally stagnates and evaporates.

Which body of water is your life like? People who are living lives that are satisfying are like the Sea of Galilee. As our Bible verses from Romans reminded us, God has poured His love into our hearts. But that love is not meant to stay in our hearts, left to decay and decompose. God pours His love into our hearts so that we will let His love flow out to others. Romans 15:13 says: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

How can you live a life that is satisfying and full of thanks? Instead of keeping God’s love bottled up inside of you, let it flow out to others. Get involved. Offer to help out in some way at your church. Work to promote what you believe is an important cause, and let others know you do it because of the love that God has given you. Thank God for the never-ending love He sends our way. Find ways each day to share God’s love with others.

This is a time of year to remember that all we have is a gift to us from God. It is a time to count our many blessings and to give thanks for those blessings. We thank and praise God for the blessings He puts in our lives. And as we do we can live a life filled with satisfaction.

 

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