By Caryn Mora, GFC Van Dyke 

During the Christmas season we often focus on the giving of gifts. Sometimes we pick up a quick gift card, knowing exactly which restaurant or store will bring a smile to our loved ones faces. Other times we browse stores (or web pages) for hours, agonizing over what to buy.

 For us gift seekers, there is good news! God has already provided the perfect gift. (Luke 2:10-11) He came to earth as a tiny baby. He had one solitary purpose. He was to be the sacrifice for our sins. His willingness to become a man, lead a perfect life and die for us opened the door to so many perfect gifts. He gave us salvation, forgiveness, peace, joy, love and hope.

This Christmas, won’t you consider passing on a few of these one-size-fits-all perfect gifts? Will you open your heart to forgive someone who has wronged you? It is truly more blessed to give this gift than to receive. Will you give the gift of peace this year? Perhaps you could decide to put away that grudge that you’ve been holding on to for far too long. What about spreading love and joy to those around you who are less fortunate? Would you take a moment to instill hope in someone’s heart by praying with them or sharing the Word of God?

 The greatest gift we could give is to give back to Jesus, the one who started the gift giving. We could accept His free gift of salvation and choose to follow His path for our lives. What are you waiting for? Go out and give the perfect gift this season.

 2 Corinthians 9:15 – “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”

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