Published December 24, 2013

Shelia Shares....

Christmas is a time of gift giving. Of course, there is food and family time and church programs. But, gifts certainly do take center stage in the celebrations.

What will you give this year? To whom will you give gifts? How much will you spend? What will make your gift impress someone? Do you enjoy shopping or is your goal to get through this part of Christmas as quickly as possible? Will you shop now or wait until Christmas Eve?

What do you want to get? What do you expect to get? Who will give you gifts? Will you want to return what you get? Is gift opening exciting or a time to be endured?

See, gifting is a big deal. For some, Christmas gifts create stress. For others, they bring happiness.

Did you know that God thinks about gift giving? Read James 1:17. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

The rest of the James passage warns to stay away from our own sinful desires. It instructs us to act on the Word. (We must know the Word to act on it.) He tells us to endure temptation so we will receive the crown of life which God has promised. (Another gift from God.) It talks about faith coming from God.

As you celebrate Christmas and contemplate gifts, remember your Lord who gives beyond what you can imagine. He will give not just gifts, but good and perfect gifts. The changeless, eternal God loves you and wants to give you exactly what you need.


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