The riches of God's love

The Bible tells the story of a man who came to Christ Jesus and asked him to speak to his brother in order that he would divide an inheritance with him. Jesus declined to be cast in the role of an adjudicator. Instead, he cautioned the man to beware of covetousness, for a man's life does not consist of the things he possesses. Jesus pointed out the importance of not trusting in material wealth, but rather of learning to be "rich toward God." See Luke 12:13-21.

The Master taught his disciples that just as a loving father cares for the needs of his family, so their heavenly Father would meet their need. He turned their thought away from material anxieties and told them that they should seek God first and that all they required would be theirs. He assured them, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32. We have to respond to God's love by trusting His promises and opening our thought to receive the good He is always supplying. Our true inheritance of all good is realized as we understand, through steps of demonstration, our relationship to God as His loved child.

Unconditional joy
November 23, 1987

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