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The Giving God

posted Dec 22, 2012, 11:21 PM by Staff Administrator   [ updated Jan 1, 2013, 8:42 PM ]
Everybody loves a giver. You know those people who never forget your birthday or always bring you a souvenir from their vacation.  We find ourselves wondering, “What will he give me this year?”  We especially love the selfless givers who would give a stranger the shirt of off their backs. I must admit that we don’t always understand that kind of giving but we love to hear stories about these people. What makes someone a great giver?

First, they possess a willingness or desire to give.  They don’t give because they have to but because they want to. Second, this person knows what to give. Compare this to that crazy person who always gives you socks or soap at Christmas—what’s up with that! Third, a great giver rejoices in seeing you happy. I’m not talking about some codependent need to make people happy but a genuine joy.  

God is a great giver.  OK, He doesn’t usually drop a new Porsche on us at Christmas but He does give us many things.  First, He gave us life.  I am truly thankful to be here.  Second, He gives us love.  God’s love is an amazing thing; it is laced with forgiveness, compassion, trust and hope. He doesn’t just give us love—He dumps it on us (see I John 3:1) over and over. Third, He gave us His Son.

This is the best Christmas gift of all because we can live eternally and have a better relationship with Him.  He gives because He loves us. The cool thing about God is that He has all of the characteristics of a great giver.  He gives to us because He wants to; nobody makes God do anything.  He knows what we need and when we need it (even if we don’t). Third, He rejoices over our happiness (see John 10:10).  What does God have for you? Ask Him and simply accept His gifts and be blessed.

Merry CHRISTmas,