"The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." John 10:10
Jesus is the giver of life, because He is Life. He gives us eternal life. Those who put their trust and faith in His redeeming work at the cross will live forever with Him in heaven and never die. But He also gives us abundant life before that time comes in the "here and now".
While abundant life is a gift from God, it is something that is "walked" out each day in our lives. It is walked out by living in obedience to God's commands. I enjoy abundant life when I live according to the dictates of God's word. His word is a place of safety. It establishes boundaries that keep me protected- protection is part of abundant living. His word is a place of peace. Walking in His word brings peace of mind and heart. Having peace is having abundant life.
Abundant life is not some "feeling" it is the "state" of the believer that comes as a result of a wonderful promise/provision from the Lord, but it is manifested in our lives as long as we stay within the confines of God's word.
Have a great day. Abundant life is a gift from God but we have to walk in His word in order to enjoy it.
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