Awkward Gifts


I wanted to share one more Christmas devotion with you this week, and this one from Pastor David Jeremiah was too good not to pass along!


   “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights.  — James 1:17 
The Wall Street Journal once ran an article on the awkwardness of exchanging gifts in the office or among business associates. “As if it’s not hard enough to buy gifts for the family,” said the paper, “consider having to get a colleague something that doesn’t break the bank but seems thoughtful at the same time.” The newspaper described one boss who gave his secretary a beautiful set of candles he found packed away in his home closet. Unfortunately, it was the same set she had given him the Christmas before, and the hurt feelings haven’t quite healed yet.

God’s gifts are never awkward, inappropriate, or thoughtless. He puts infinite care into His blessings, and every gift is good and perfect. John 1:16 says that “from the fullness of His grace, we have all received one blessing after another”. Psalm 68:19 says, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits.”

God’s greatest gift is Jesus Himself, and it’s up to us to receive or decline this blessing. As we give and receive gifts this Christmas, the theme of our hearts should be, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15).

“What more could He give? God gave His all—He gave Himself. Who can measure this love?” -- CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON

Embrace the greatest gift of all this Christmas – a personal relationship with Jesus!
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