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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 8

ABCs of Christmas (G) – Matthew 10:8

What are you giving this year?

The “G” of Christmas is Giving. When thinking about Christmas, more people think about giving than they do any other tradition.

This custom may have originated because of the Wise Men that traveled from the east to see Jesus. “And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).

The Lord did not condemn the giving of gifts, but He said, “Freely ye have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8). He also said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

The best Christmas verse of all is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
Most people enjoy giving to those they love during the Christmas season. However, there are several difficult questions, such as: What to give? What will they like? Can you afford it? A very difficult question is, “What can you give to someone who seems to have everything they need or want?

The Bible has an answer for the above questions. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:20). If you have a Christmas list, put God at the top of the list. There is certainly nothing that He needs because He can create anything. However, He does delight in hearing words of praise and thanksgiving from those who love Him.

Read the story of the healing of ten lepers in Luke 17:11–18. Only one of them returned to give thanks to the Lord. As you think about what you are giving this year, determine to begin by giving thanks to God!