Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…” Colossians 3:16
Words are intriguing. I enjoy dissecting them, rearranging them, studying them, learning new ones, comparing them, and even translating them! One way I like to relax is playing Scrabble Blast on www.pogo.com or the brain building word games on www.prevention.com.
It seems like this trait is inherited. Mom was a word-lover. Anyone who knew her knows that she was not only an avid reader way into her 90’s, but she authored hundreds of beautiful poems that were published in a book when she was 93! She always did the crossword puzzle in the Akron Beacon Journal. She was invincible at Scrabble and Boggle. Up until the end of her life, she spent hours doing word searches, the large letter ones by then, and we would often find her reading her well-worn Bible with a magnifying glass.
Something I find entertaining is creating acrostics. Take a word, line the letters up vertically and use each one to start another one. This is one way to “let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”, as the Apolstle Paul encourages us to do. The more we meditate on His word, the richer we become in it. Let’s take the word PROMISE for example, and write words of what God promises us in His word:
PEACE: “My peace I give you” (John 14:27)
REST: “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)
OLD things pass away when we are in Christ (2nd Cor. 5:17)
MERCY: “For with the Lord there is mercy” (Psalm 130:7)
INHERITANCE: We have “An inheritance … that does not fade away.” (1st Peter 1:3)
SALVATION: “Nor is there salvation in any other” (speaking of Jesus in Acts 4:12)
ETERNAL LIFE: “God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.” (1st John 5:10)
My encouragement today is to get into the Word of Life, look up those promises, meditate on them, thank God for them, and make them part of your life. Grab a piece of paper and invent your own acrostic. That’s one way to meditate on His Word! In future blogs, I’ll post other ways I’ve discovered that we can let the word of Christ dwell in us richly….stay with me!