What does the word, “abound” mean, and how does it apply to you? I was led on a quest to find out. The generic definition of “abound” means to “be present in large numbers or in great quantity.” It is a form of the more familiar word, “abundance.” Think about this definition as it relates to these three scriptures from the New Testament:
- “And see that ye have faith, hope, and charity, and then ye will always abound in good works” (Alma 7:24)
- “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:13).
- “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you” (Thessalonians 3:12).
God want us to abound in good works. He wants us to abound in hope. He wants us to abound in love for others. He wants us to feel these things in abundance and is ready to pour out His blessings as we commit to follow Him. “The Lord wants us to be filled with hope—not just because it points us to a brighter tomorrow, but because it changes the quality of our lives today” (Dwan J. Young). I am learning that as I abound in good works, hope, and love for others, that God fills my soul with abundant Reasons to Rejoice.