" may God give peace
to you...and love, with faith...may God's grace...be upon all who
sincerely love our Lord Jesus Christ. " Philippians 6
: 23 (TLB)
It's easy to get caught up in the
craziness of shopping, parties, gift giving and family obligations. In
fact, it's exhausting just thinking about it all! Imagine however, that
when you wakened this morning you found four gifts you'd overlooked and
tucked away under the tree. You open the first one, and you are filled
with an awesome sense of peace you've never known before. You unwrap the
second, and experience an overpowering love for others - even those
who've wronged you. You open the third, and you're infused with a faith
that enables you to trust God for anything - even things you previously
considered impossible. Finally, you unwrap the fourth gift, and receive
such grace, that you can handle criticism and hurt without retaliating.
Sound far-fetched? Not at all! These are the gifts Paul says God wants
to give you. Listen: 'May God give peace to you...and love, with
faith...May God's grace...be upon all who sincerely love our Lord Jesus
Christ' (Eph 6:23 TLB). What gifts! And you won't have to return any of
them the day after Christmas: they're guaranteed to last a lifetime.
Remember, God's already given them to you -
all you have to do is open
the packages and start using them. It's Christmas Day, the day that
changed everything. Why don't you take a moment and thank God for all
His wonderful gifts - especially for the gift of His Son. After all,
without Him you'd have nothing to celebrate. Right?
commentary is courtesy of the excellent daily devotional - The
Word for Today - (25th
December 2001) written by Bob and Debby Gass and produced by United
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Peace to All this Christmas and New Year!
hug is a great gift at Christmas - one size fits all"
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26th December, 2001
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