The Best Christmas Gift Ever – God’s Gift of Love to You

Christmas is a time to open our hearts to God and his gifts. Just like the rest of the year. ~ Author Unknown

As I write this, it’s a few weeks until Christmas. Most people are intensely involved with the processes – shopping, baking, wrapping, cleaning, visiting. Stores have been ‘celebrating the season’ since before Halloween (crazy!). ‘Tis the season for overwhelm, over-indulgence and excess. In the midst of the chaos, it’s easy to lose sight of the reason for all this commotion: For God so loved the world …

What kind of love does it take to sacrifice your only child, to send that child into harm’s way purposefully and intentionally? (Hint: Our military families do it every day on our behalf.) God sent His Only Son as an example to us of His intense love. And Jesus showed us the example of Divine Love in everything He said or did. Repeatedly, the Bible states that He ‘had compassion’ and was ‘moved with compassion’. That compassion met every need and healed them all.

As Christians, we study 1 Corinthians 13, the ‘Love Chapter’. We read it at weddings. We tell ourselves that we should be more forgiving, less selfish. But we seldom dig deeper to recognize that the passage actually describes God’s love for us.

God is love, the Bible says (I John 4:16). Therefore, the word ‘God’ is interchangeable with the word Love (charity) throughout the passage. See what I mean.

  • [God] suffers long, and is kind
  • [God] envies not
  • [God vaunteth not [Himself], is not puffed up [prideful or boastful]
  • [God] does not behave unseemly
  • [God] seeks not [His] own
  • [God] is not easily provoked
  • [God] thinks no evil
  • [God] rejoices not in iniquity, but rejoices in the Truth
  • [God] bears all things, believes all things, endures all things
  • [God’s love] never fails

Did you ever get a surprise box at Christmas? Lots of presents all inside one big package? God did that for us. Here are a few of His presents.

His Love gift of peace:

And on earth peace, goodwill toward men (Luke 2:14). God declared peace at the birth, rather than the resurrection. He called things that be not as though they were, anticipating what Jesus’ death and resurrection would accomplish. He declared Himself satisfied and indicated His good will toward us.

Jesus said He came to give us His peace (John 14:27). Then He told us not to be troubled or afraid. When the cares of this world or the stresses of the season threaten to overwhelm your emotions, grab hold of peace and hang on! Declare it over your life, your family and friends, and every situation. God gave it to you to have and to hold. Don’t let go of your gift of peace.

His Love gift of mercy:

Mary, as she rejoiced in the miracle taking place inside her, commented, And His mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. Luke 1:50) Throughout the Bible, and particularly in Psalms, we read that His mercy endures forever.

Ps. 103 reminds us of the benefits of His love and everlasting mercy. That mercy allows us to enter His gates with praise (Ps. 100:4) and come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in a time of need (Heb. 4:16). I Corinthians assures us God is not easily provoked and thinks no evil of us. He purposefully forgets every sin we have ever committed! Thank Him for His mercy in your life. Nothing you could ever do can cancel that gift. Use it, share it. Whenever you can, share the gift of mercy and forgiveness.

His Love gift of patience:

In Genesis, God declared the defeat of the devil with His promise that ‘one would come’. Then He waited 4,000 years to see that vision come to pass. Let patience have her perfect work (James 1:4). In this case, patience’ perfect work’ was Jesus. He perfectly pleased the Father. He perfected our salvation and redemption.

Patience brings forth fruit [results, answered prayer] (Luke 8:15), hope (Rom. 15:4), and joy (Col. 1:11). It is a ‘fruit of the spirit’, instilled in you as a child of God. It starts as a seed. Nurture and grow it into full manifestation. Partner it with faith and nothing shall be impossible unto you (Matt. 17:20).

The greatest gift of all:

James 1:17 says Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variation or shadow of turning. Could there be a more perfect gift than love? Love gives without expectation of recompense. Love gives from a desire to bless the recipient. And Love does not seek its own, thinking about or considering what it might receive in return.

In this miraculous season of giving, remember where every blessing originates. Every package you give or receive is a token and reminder of the greatest gift ever given on earth. It is more than emulating the Magi’s gifts to the Christ child. They are a symbol of His eternal grace, mercy and love.

God’s patience and mercy are infinite. His Love never fails, fades out or becomes obsolete (1 Cor. 13:8 AMP). It remains forever strong and focused on us, His beloved children. And just like any parent with a wayward or neglectful child, He yearns for our hearts to remember and honor Him.

So in the midst of the season’s activities, be thankful. Acknowledge Him in every blessing, in the quiet moments of joy, in the peace of falling snowflakes or twinkling Christmas lights. Christmas should be more than the social activities we enjoy. It is a time of gratitude for the wonder of the ages, the best present anyone could ever receive, the perfect love of God.

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