Will you open your heart to His gifts? By Megan Bailey belief.net
Each year, families spend hundreds of dollars picking out the best Christmas gifts to give each other. We scour the internet for the best deals and latest gadgets so that we can give our friends the best presents we can find. But while we are busy planning, shopping, wrapping, and sending gifts – God is too.
There are gifts from Christ that every Christian can be open, to receiving all year round. No matter what is or is not under your Christmas tree this year, you can take comfort in knowing that God offers you lifelong gifts that are more fulfilling than anything we could have ever bought ourselves. Each gift comes specially wrapped in love – all you have to do is ask! Revelation 22:17 says “The Holy Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And the person who hears should say, ‘Come!’ Anyone who is thirsty should come. Anyone who wants to take the free gift of the water of life should do so.” Here are the six gifts that God has for you to open this Christmas season.
The Gift of Hope
If you watch the news a lot, you might feel scared or frustrated with the secular world. Power corrupting organizations, money-hungry politicians, and fighting and wars are all heartbreaking to see. This is only compounded when we experience loss or struggles in our own lives. God, though, never wants us to lose hope during these times. He says in Psalm 126:5 “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy”. Jesus tells us that no matter how dire the situation may be, we serve a God who specializes in bringing beauty out of the ashes. Jeremiah 17:7 continues this theme by saying “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.” When all else seems lost, God can swoop down and lift us up again. He wants us to hope for a better future knowing He is by our side. With Him, all things are possible.
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