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The Spirit of Christmas Is Generosity

Saturday, December 19, 2015

The Spirit of Christmas Is Generosity
BY RICK WARREN — DECEMBER 18, 2015

“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.” (John 3:16 NIV)

During this Christmas season, you’ll hear one word more than any other. It’s not “merry,” “tree,” “Santa,” or even — unfortunately — “Jesus.”

It’s “gift.” Starting on Black Friday (and sometimes even before then), we begin a month-long dash to find the right gift for everyone on our list. The word “gift” consumes us for a month.

Many people think that gift giving at Christmas was started by the Wise Men when they brought gifts to the baby Jesus. But it was God who gave the first Christmas gift.

God so loved that he gave. The Bible says, “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” (John 3:16 NIV). On the first Christmas, God gave the greatest gift of all — he gave his Son. He gave his Son to die on the cross so you can have your past forgiven, a purpose for living, and a home in Heaven. Jesus is the original Christmas gift.

We only give because God gave to us first.

Christmas is about generosity. It’s not just about compassion. The spirit of Christmas is the spirit of generosity. Acts 15:11 says it like this: “We are saved because the Master Jesus amazingly and out of sheer generosity moved to save us” (MSG).

If it weren’t for God’s generosity, we would have nothing. The air we breathe is a gift of God’s generosity. The blood coursing through our veins is a gift of God’s generosity. The fact that our hearts are beating is a gift of God’s generosity. Every good thing in your life — including your life — is a gift of God’s generosity.

But God’s greatest act of generosity came on the very first Christmas when he gave us Jesus.

Talk It Over:

How do you respond to knowing that God gave the first Christmas gift?
What are some gifts from God not mentioned in the devotional today that you are grateful for?
What can you do this Christmas to better remember God’s gifts to you?
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  • ICECUB
    emoticon MERRY CHRISTMAS
    2011 days ago
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    Love it.. Generosity begins with everyone.. He is there and whispers to help .. Will we hear that voice or pass by or step over it..? Question has to be answered by each one.. I choose to help... In His Love and Grace Just Me emoticon emoticon
    2011 days ago
  • TREKPURRSON
    emoticon God! I am sharing with other friends who are less fortunate and giving to local charities. Jesus is the Reason for the Season! emoticon
    2011 days ago
  • CARI_JANE
    This year, I've cut down a lot of gift giving to family. My daughter and parents are the only ones getting gifts this year in the family. We are designating our gift giving to the locals that are needing extra help this year. emoticon
    2012 days ago
  • LOULOUWLG403
    It says in the Bible that God gave the first gift. One of the gifts was Myhr. Which I'm
    not spelling it right. My church isn't open on Christmas Day, but we do have Christmas Eve Services. So I will be reading my Bible and maybe see if I can help
    a agency to dish out food. Have a Super & Blessed Saturday! LYL!
    2012 days ago
  • WOMANOFWISDOM
    Amen! On Christmas I make it a habit to ask Jesus what He wants for Christmas and His answers are always in the Word. He always lets me pick.
    2012 days ago
  • CARI_JANE
    Giving love to those that are less fortunate. emoticon
    2012 days ago
  • ELP14586
    John 3:16.... the greatest story ever!!!
    2012 days ago
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