God is the vine,
And we are His branches.
We are known by the
Kind of fruit we bear.
God is the giver of every perfect gift.
Christ, His only Son, is God’s most perfect gift of all.
When we accept Him, we become the gifted,
Gifted with eternal life by God’s redeeming love,
By God’s redeeming love.
God’s fruit is love,
Love that gives and forgives
And strives to turn
His enemies into friends.
God is the vine.
We are His branches.
When we share His love,
We bear His fruit.
“Huh?” you say. I had to look that word up the first time I saw it.
A neologism is a made-up word. We writers love to use them. Especially novelists and other writers of fiction.
In this song, however, I haven’t created a new word, but I’ve given a new meaning to an existing word: “Gifted” to signify that the recipient of God’s love (rather than talents) has been blessed with something special. The lyrics are based on these Scriptures. . .
- James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
- John 1:12
Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—
- John 3:16
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
- John 15:4
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
- James 1:17
Hence God is the Giver, Christ is the Gift, and Christians are the Gifted–the blessed recipients of God’s gift.
However, what the lyrics strongly imply comes closer to the conventional meaning of “gifted” as well. Through faith, Christians have been joined to the vine and thus enabled to bear God’s fruit.
If you’re a Christian, have you allowed God to fully enable you to bear His fruit? If you have a comment about this song, please leave a comment.
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