8th December 2010

The Gift

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
James 1:17 (NKJV)

With Christmas coming, my family’s thoughts are turning to gifts and gift giving. The gifts my husband and I give our children will be given on the basis that we want to give out of love—not because of what they may or may not have done. The gift will be bought, wrapped and given, no matter what our children’s behaviour or thoughts; and we will not take the gift back if the behaviour does not match up to the standards we want them to have. Otherwise, a gift is not a gift if it has conditions attached to it.

If our children, however, behave well, are kind, considerate to others, are loving and caring, it makes giving the gift to them all the better—much more satisfying—and makes us feel that not only will it be truly appreciated, but used in a mature and right way. If not, then the gift is given with sadness—as we feel that the gift will not be appreciated, that it may not be used in the right way and may just be left to gather dust.

The season of Advent is about Jesus’ first coming—without which he would not have given us the knowledge of God as our real Father, his death to pay for our sins so we do not have to, his resurrection so that we could live new lives now and have life after our death, and his second coming so that we have the full realisation of spiritual life.

At this time of year we are reminded that God gave us his Son as a gift to mankind for salvation to all who are willing to accept the gift.

Dear Father, thank-you for your great gift! Help us to never lose sight of what you have achieved for us through Jesus Christ, your Son.

Study by Rosemary Gent 

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