God’s Christmas Presents – Part 4

God Gives the Best Christmas Presents:  Hope, Joy, Peace, and Unconditional Love

God Gives the Best Christmas Presents: Hope, Joy, Peace, and Unconditional Love

This is Part 4 in a series looking at Christmas gifts from God

Every Good Gift is from Above James 1:17  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”  Every good gift is from above.  Well, now I know who to thank. Our Father is the giver of every perfect gift.  Let us develop the practice of giving thanks as we partake of these good gifts.

No Shortage of Gifts in Community 1 Corinthians 1:4-9  “I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus,5 that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, 6 even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, 7 so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.”   Beyond being a classic example of Paul’s lengthy sentence structure, this very is about spiritual gifts in the church.  A church needs all of the gifts that God has put in people to work together in unity.  Most of the time, God followers are not designed to be islands and do God projects solo.  We are designed to work in community as the Body of Christ.  Everything has something to contribute and to share.  We grow working with one another.  So many sappy movies at Christmas time highlight the way that communities can come together when their hearts are softened at Christmas to do the Christmas play, or help someone in need. It’s the simple truth in these movies that make us cry when we see it come together.  When we seem short on a needed gift, ask God.  He has many ways of answering the prayer for help. I find the more specific we are, the more we realize it was God who heard and answered the specific prayer request.

See more on God’s Christmas Presents:  God’s Christmas Presents Part 5

Check out some of God’s other Christmas Presents:  God’s Christmas Presents Part 3

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