The two sides to gift giving and God's gift to the world.

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The two sides to gift giving and God's gift to the world. 

There are two sides to gift giving.
The Giver and The Receiver, each thinks differently when it comes to the gift let’s explore:

The Giver

They decide who they are going to give a gift to. The criteria for this are different, immediate family compulsory, co-worker (only if they are going to buy me one) Aunty Doris who we only ever see at Christmas (mandatory box of Shortbread)
How much they are going to spend, self-explanatory 
How it’s going to get someone, post in person etc.
Motive, are you giving out of love or in the hope of getting something back?

Receiver

Sometimes they know what they are going to get (Aunty Doris, Shortbread)
Sometimes they think it’s there right to get a present, as kids we all expected to get presents.
Has a choice if they want to receive it or not. We may not physically refuse the gift but in our mind we have decided if the gift is useful or will just end up in that draw we have full of odds and ends.

Let us now look at the gift God the world.
 

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.

Giver:
God.
Who is He giving the Gift to, the whole world.
How much did it cost, it cost Him his Son, Jesus.
The gift was delivered in person
Motive, Love.

Receiver:
You and me.
We have a choice to believe or not
Sometimes we think we know what God is like and that He doesn’t give good gifts rather thunderbolts! But eternal life is the best gift in the world.
Sometimes we can look at this verse and disregard how much it cost God

So, if we are going to accept this gift we need to know what we are accepting:
The gift of eternal life is free if we believe in Jesus.
But what does it mean to believe in Jesus?
It means we need to accept the following.
We do things that damage our relationship with God (that is essential what sin is). We only have to look around the world and see this can’t be how it’s meant to be.
We have to accept that we need to say sorry and that we are going to turn away from doing things that damage our relationship with God (turning away is what repentance is).
We have to accept that Jesus was the Son of God, that He died on the cross to pay the price for our sins. That He died and rose again.
We accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

If you want to know more about this free gift or have questions why not email me adam@livingsprings.cc
 


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