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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

December 13

ABCs of Christmas (L) – John 3:16

What is the most important gift in your life?

The “L” of Christmas is Love. Christmas seems to revolve around love. It is a time for families and for worship. Both of these involve love.

There is a lot more to the story of Christmas than just the manger scene. It begins with God. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). God loved you so much that He was willing to give His own Son.

God did not give His Son just to be a baby in the manger scene. That was merely the beginning of His life on the earth. The Lord came to the earth for the specific purpose of dying as a sacrifice for all of your sins. “Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2).

During the Christmas season you may find yourself in a position of seeking a gift for someone because you are sure they will give you a gift. This is a common reaction, and it is not a bad one. It can teach a valuable lesson. For example, God loved you so much that He sent His Son to the earth, and then Jesus loved you so much that He died for you. He offers you the gift of eternal life. Think about what kind of gift you are going to give to Him.

As you think about what you can give to God because you love Him, consider the greatest commandment that God ever gave. Jesus said, “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. . . . And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:37, 39).

Giving God a gift is fairly simple—love Him in return for His loving you. “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2).

Christmas is all about loving and giving!