Solid And Life-giving In Love (c:

Here we have a sea gull who is drinking water

out of that little pool that is in the rock.

If the gull can drink that water, I would think
it is fresh water that has collected from rain.

So, it is good how the rock is hard . . .
so it can hold life-giving water for the birdie (c:

If there were just sand on this beach,
the sand would not be solid enough
to hold fresh water for the seagulls to drink (c:

"Jesus is the Solid Rock."

"On Christ the Solid Rock I stand;
all other ground is sinking sand."

With Jesus our Solid Rock,
we have fresh and living water
(John 7:37-39).

We need to be solid with our children,
but this so they can have living water
of God's love, ministered through
our example >

"nor as being lords over those
entrusted to you,
but being examples to the flock."
(1 Peter 5:3)

We can minister the life of Jesus' love >
we can minister God's own grace >

"Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth,
but what is good for necessary edification,
that it may impart grace to the hearers."
(Ephesians 4:29)

So, even our speech can be life-giving,
of God's own grace of His love.

After all - -

Jesus in His resurrection
"became a life-giving spirit",
we have in 1 Corinthians 15:45.

So, as we become changed into the image of Jesus,
we also can become life-giving . . .
ministering through our example . . .
ministering grace of God's love.

We can have the loving waters of
God's love spreading through us,
"with the washing of water by the word,"
as Christian husbands can do with their wives >

"Husbands, love your wives,
just as Christ also loved the church
and gave Himself for her,
that he might sanctify and cleanse her
with the washing of water by the word,
that He might present her to Himself a glorious church,
not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing,
but that she should be holy and without blemish."
(Ephesians 5:25-27)

So, yes, as we grow in the image of Jesus,
we too can be life-giving of God's own love.