Thursday, May 07, 2009

What constitutes 'abundant life'?

"In our day there seems to be a lot of confusion about what constitutes an abundant life. In fact, the phrase abundant life has come to mean almost anything. For instance, to some it means psychological health; to others it means material prosperity; and still others believe that it means freedom from suffering. In contrast, we believe that abundant life is found in the pursuit of God-honoring holiness. It is holiness--the humility of spirit, the mourning over sin, the hungering and thirsting for righteousness--that will produce in us that happy blessedness that Jesus spoke of in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). Abundant life is life that is freed from the power of sin and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, focused on the pleasure of God and resting in His love. Our goal is to help you and the women you influence grow toward this kind of abundant living.

Sadly, what Christian women need to know to live an abundant life is not found in many of today's "Christian" self-help books. Instead of guidance in knowing and pleasing God, which is the way to finding abundant life, we are given man-centered philosophies on how to love ourselves more, how to get more out of life, how to assert ourselves. Our greatest need is being ignored. What we need most of all is to know God. We need to be intimately acquainted with Him because He has designed us to live for Him."

"Women Helping Women"
Elyse Fitzpatrick & Carol Cornish, General Editors

1 comment:

Candice said...

Love this. Thanks!