For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
What’s our gift to The Lord?
Most of the time, we think of a gift for our loved ones but do we have a gift for God?
1. God’s love
Amazing grace never gets less amazing. God’s grace will always be amazing. Through it, we are reminded how He loves us.
Christmas is a reminder of God’s love for us. The human condition was so critical, hopeless. God could not stand it any longer. Yet, he still showed us love so unconditional and great.
When we love someone, we tend not to resist him. Di kayang tiisin.
God gave His only Begotten Son. Jesus did what was never attempted by anyone. The world never asked for a Savior, though they needed one. Instead, they chose to kill him.
Proof of love: Giving
The fruit of love is giving. We can give without loving. Yet, we cannot love without giving. Where there is love, there is giving.
Celebrating the holiday with the spirit of giving
A great Christmas gift is forgiveness. Where there is love, there is forgiveness.
God loved us so much He sent His only Son. He wanted the world to be forgiven through Him.
Romans 12:9 Love must be sincere
If we are to give a gift to an enemy, what shall we give to him?
When we became sinners, we chose to wage war against God’s holiness. We chose to be his enemies. Yet, He still loved us in return.
2. God’s Son
He gave his ONE and ONLY SON.
God never said One of His Sons. When he sent Jesus, He meant that He was giving up His One and Only Son to save humanity.
Jesus left the comforts of heaven and came to the discomforts of the world.
Of all the places on Earth, Jesus was born in a manger, so different to treat the King of Kings and Prince of Peace.
Who, being in very nature is a God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!
Christ never took advantage of his authority. Instead, he took the very nature of a servant and humbled down.
3. Everlasting Life
“..whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
Not did God just sent Jesus to the world, He gave us everlasting life.
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.2 Peter 3:9
Christ was born and the world was different because He lived. We won’t be singing ‘Joy to the World’ if Christ weren’t born. We might be singing Doom to the world instead.
What if God didn’t love the world that much?
Do you love the world like God?
Let’s fill in the blanks with our names and state something we are willing to give up for God.
“For _______ so loved the world, _______ gave his/her_________…So that no one perish but have the chance to receive eternal life.”
‘Tis the season for sharing and giving. What is our gift to God? Let us indeed reflect with our relationship with Him. May we love like Jesus and find our own Lester and Leslie whom we’ll bless with love as well as His Word.
THE GOD OF COMPASSION IS CALLING US TO TAKE OUR COMPASSION AND BRING IT INTO ACTION!