Verse of the Day: John 3:16
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.
God loved each one of us so much He gave the greatest gift ever, His only Son, Jesus Christ. God gave us His Son and the Son gave His life for us. This was all part of the plan of salvation so we could receive forgiveness of sins and the gift of eternal life. Because of God’s grace and mercy, the gift of salvation is available to all through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Verse of the Day: James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
Every good thing we have in our lives and every blessing is a gift from God. The devil tries to remind us of the hard times we’ve gone through, the illnesses, the losses and every trial we’ve ever faced just so we’ll forget all the good things God has done for us. But do not be deceived for God is good all the time and He is the source of every good thing! Instead of counting your troubles, make a list of all the good things in your life and thank your heavenly Father for them.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 7:11
So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him. (NLT)
Doesn’t it make you feel happy when you give your children the gifts that they’ve asked for? The look on their faces when they open the perfect gift is priceless. Now, think about how much more your heavenly Father also wants to give you good gifts from the riches of His glory. God loves you and it makes Him happy to bless you with the desires of your heart when you delight yourself in Him. God already knows what you need before you ask but He still wants you to ask and if you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer according to His will.
Verse of the Day: Acts 20:35
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
God has given us more than we could ever deserve and we should follow His example of giving. When we give to the destitute we are spreading God’s love and hope into the hearts of those who receive the gift. When you give in a right spirit it truly is an act of worship and pleases the Lord. Let’s not forget that God gives to us so that we may be generous to others. This Christmas let’s focus on giving rather than receiving.
Verse of the Day: 2 Corinthians 9:7
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Spread the love of Christ with the less fortunate this Christmas. There are a couple of weeks left until Christmas so you still have time to make a donation to a worthy cause that helps people in need. Unless you’ve been there yourself, you don’t realize what a difference a little help makes. The simple things we take for granted someone else is praying for. Follow your heart and remember that the Lord has blessed you so you can bless others. Whether it’s big or small make a donation to your favorite charity, every bit helps and makes a difference in the lives of others.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 25:40
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
As believers in Christ we should be known for our good deeds. We don’t do them because we are trying to get into heaven. Jesus already made the way for us. We do good deeds because of the grace that has been shown to us. We do good deeds because we have the love of God inside of us and we do good deeds because we want to be more like Christ. Love is kind and God commands us to love one another. Be kind, practice random acts of kindness and charity not because of who they are but because of who you are, a child of God. Share God’s goodness with those in need. Do what you can as often as you can for as many as you can.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:14-15
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
We have all made mistakes, none of us are perfect. There are times we need to ask for forgiveness and there are times we need to forgive. How can we come to God asking for forgiveness when we ourselves have not forgiven? I know there are some things that seem unforgivable but when we hold on to blame and unforgiveness it creates an environment of bitterness in our own heart. Life is short and we don’t know what tomorrow holds. Trust in God and let go of the anger and give the gift of forgiveness not only to the offender but to yourself as well.