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A Living Relationship With God

Author: Dave Arnold

A missionary to India had been speaking about how Christ is the “Water of Life.” His passage from the Bible was from John 7:37-38. He then pointed to a spring close by where people were drinking and filling their pots. A Muslim was listening, and then said, “Your religion may be compared to a little stream of water, but Islam is like a great sea.” “Yes,” the missionary graciously replied, “but there is just this difference; men drink sea water and die of thirst, while they drink of the Living Water, experience eternal life, and never thirst again!”1

“Jesus stood, and He cried with a loud voice, ‘If any man is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink! He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water” (Matthew 7:37 – 38).

“Religion is living up to a standard. Christianity is a living relationship with God.”2

1. The Adult Teacher, Vol. XXIV, January, February, March, 1950, No. 1, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO., p. 26

2. Christian Clippings, P. O. Box 3867, Holiday, FL, 34692, December 1998

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