And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, "The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth."
The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethern, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
When I was first studying to write this, the main word which kept playing in my mind was Abundance. I was looking up words and scripture which dealt with Abundance and suddenly in front of me was such a pattern I knew God was pointing me in another direction...Abounding.
I know when you first think about it, there doesn't seem to be much difference between the two. In thinking about abundance, my mind naturally goes to the things physically around me. My home, cars, finances, even books or food. It isn't that I am a materialistic person, only thinking in what I can surround myself with, that part of our person, however small, is in each of us. It is normal when thinking about something being abundunt, to think of the tangible, what is right in front of our face which we see, feel, taste, and use everyday.
Abound is even listed by Websters Dictionary as "to be present in large numbers or in great quantity". But when I think abound, or actually, abounding...my mind seems to think more of my Father, God. The thing which comes to my mind first is abounding in me. Whether it be the Holy Spirit abounding in me, or the teachings of God abounding in my heart, or His peace abounding around me.
"Abounding in goodness and truth, abounding in mercy, abounding in the work of the Lord"
How wonderful we are, as His beloved children, to have so much! I have God, Himself, in my very being. I live because of His breath in my body, His Spirit in my soul!
When we are full of the Father and all He is, let us be as the cup runneth over. Let us spill His mercy and goodness onto others. When we are abounding in Him with every part of our lives, we in turn come back to abundance. We are so full of God, we have some to give. Just the example we show in our everyday behavior may be the only "God" others see in their lives. That small word to which we don't give a second thought, could be the very thing to make someone's day or the very last straw which breaks that same person down. We need to be the abundance in someone else's life. As God gives Himself to us, let us share our Wonderful Father with others.
I am by no mean's a Pastor or even a Teacher, I am but a simple person learning her own worth in the eyes of my Holy Father and searching to find Him in every part of my being. I am learning how to measure myself by my Jesus; trying to be the child I can to make my Father proud. I want to be the person another can meet one time and realize, "there is something different about her".
That's right, there is something different!! I am abounding in my Precious Creator, the Lord God...and that is more wonderful than any material possessions made by any man on earth!