When we think of gifts we think of something that is tangible or physical. Hence why when we give gifts it is often something that was purchased. Sadly, good gifts are measured by their financial worth, or even worse, gifts are only given on special occasions or when he/she has done something worthy to earn it.
However from heaven’s perspective it is quite opposite. The Bible says “For God so loved the world that He gave His… [love]”. (John 3:16) Love is not something that can be bought with a price; love cannot be earned, but yet He gave us the gift of love.
“Every good thing we have, each ray of sunshine and shower of rain, every morsel of food, every moment of life, is a gift of love.” Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, pg 74.
When the gift of love is given it changes not only the life of the receiver, but even so, it changes also the life of the giver.
There are many things that we take for granted – the sun that shines its light day after day, or the rain that pours over our rooftops. Even the very fact that we are able to read this sentence is sufficient evidence of his love. This gift is not received once, but each and every day God provides. (Colossians 1:17). His love sustains us; “His love received, will make us, in like manner, kind and tender, not merely toward those who please us, but to the most faulty and erring and sinful.” Thoughts from the Mount of Blessing, pg 75.
Can the Church give love too? Yes!
On July 16th our community “unwrapped love”. We were able to show love to over 150 persons; we gave free food, clothing, health screening, and offered prayers. The smiles we received on that day were in abundance; the more we gave, the more smiles we received. We thought we were there to give and to change lives, but we soon realized that when the gift of love is given it changes not only the life of the receiver, but even so, it changes also the life of the giver.
Let us continue to give the gift of love.