TOTAL CHRISTIAN LIFE MINISTRY

The Joy of Gifting

by Cynthia Jennings on December 25, 2019
The Joy of Gifting
Have you ever heard, “if I don’t get the gift “I” want I will be so mad?” During the Christmas season we all scurry around trying to find that perfect gift. Yeah, Yeah, I understand that we sometimes receive gifts we feel are yucky and unusable, thus we re-gift. I know we all like gifts, and it’s nothing wrong with receiving gifts. However, the problem occurs when we gripe about the gift. No one owes us a gift so if they took the time out to think enough about you to give you a gift find some joy if not in the gift but in the thought.

In the midst of our silent griping, has it ever dawned on us that the “perfect” gift has already been given and no matter how hard we try we will never be able to match or out do that “perfect” gift? The perfect gift is the gift of redemption through Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior {Ep 2:8}. This gift will never fade, go out of style or deteriorate. This gift comes in a big package with small but powerful gifts included.

The small but powerful gifts are:

The Gift of Peace: Jesus, the Prince of Peace, wants us to have His peace in every aspect of our lives, at all times.

The Gift of Joy: Fullness of joy is not found in God’s presents, but in His presence. One of the best and easiest ways to increase your joy is to keep your heart and mind focused on God and His word.

The Gift of Righteousness: Righteousness is right standing with God. When we accept Jesus, He gives us the gift of His righteousness and by faith we are made right with God.

The Gift of Hope: This extraordinary gift allows us to experience peace and joy as we simply believe God’s Word and hold on to His promises.

The Gift of Faith: Faith in God brings us rest into our souls, thus allowing us to live simply and freely. Trusting doesn’t just happen, but as we grow and become to know God more personally you will see your faith increase through your experiences and prayers.

The Gift of Love: God’s Word teaches us to love everyone including ourselves. As we learn to receive God’s love we will begin to see and love ourselves and others through God’s eyes. Albeit, we can’t earn it nor do we deserve it, yet God is willingly and continually longing to express His love to us. We just need to be willing to opening our hearts to His love.

So, as you enjoy your Christmas holiday, remember the joy of gifting:

G: GRACE—Because of God’s grace our past is forgiven
I:   IN—God’s Spirit is IN me
F:  FUTURE—My future is secure in God
T: TRANSFORMATION—God has and is continually transforming me
 
PEARLStoPONDER: God’s gift is the best gift!

John 14:1-- Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.

Ephesians 2:8-- For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
 
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