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A symbiotic relationship

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By Greg Dumas

Symbioses is a word that describes the living together of two dissimilar organisms often in a mutually beneficial relationship. Thus, the cattle that we see here in Florida have developed a symbiotic relationship with birds that feed on insects, lice, and whatever else infests their hides.  The cowbirds help to free the cattle of those irritating pests and in return, the cattle provide food for their ever hungry stomachs.         
Thus it is with the word of God; the Bible teaches us so many things that are sure to enrich our lives, if only we would learn to practice them.  Consider, for instance, the lessons that Jesus imparted to His audience as He preached to them His life-changing “Sermon On The Mount.” And He opened His mouth, and taught them saying. Blessed are the poor in spirit; blessed are they that mourn, blessed are the meek, blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, blessed are the merciful, blessed are the pure in heart, blessed are the peacemakers, blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.  “Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven.”  Matthew 5:2-12.            
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill, and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment.  But I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause, shall be in danger of the judgment,”  Matthew 5:21-22     
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery; but I say unto you, that whosoever looketh  on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart,”  Matthew 5:27-28.     
“Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy.  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you,”  Matthew  5:43-44.
“Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knockerth it shall be opened,” Matthew 7:7-8.
“Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do      How much more fulfilling are our lives when we come to embody those teachings and make them an integral part of our lives.  But now, notice that Jesus also taught in that sermon that Ye are the salt of the earth, Ye are the light of the world.  
“A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven,”  Matt. 5:13-16.  
 In other words, it is not a one way relationship.  God has done His part by giving us His wonderful word; now He expects us to carry that message throughout the world.  As Christians, we are the salt of the earth, we are the light of the world.  It is up to us to carry Jesus’ teachings with us wherever we go; God needs us to be dedicated to that purpose. Let us all be inspired by Jesus’ words when He said, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matthew 6:33.
Truly, we do enjoy a symbiotic relationship with our God.   you,  even so to them: “for this is the law and the prophets,”  Matt. 7:12.                                                          
Gene Dumas is preacher at Manatee Springs Church of Christ.