Loving Well: Gifts, various text

October 9th, 2017

Loving Well: Gifts

Various Texts

Gifts as Love

  • Gifts can be a visual representation of love

    • Don’t mistake this love language for materialism
  • The receiver of gifts thrives on the thoughtfulness, and effort behind the gift
    • “It’s the thought that counts.”
  • The perfect gift or gesture shows that you are known, you are cared for, and you are prized above whatever was sacrificed to bring the gift

 

God as the Lover

  • Scripture is filled with examples of God as a giver (Jas 1:17)
  • Grace is one of God’s defining attributes (Ps. 116:5; 145:8)
    • Grace: A free, unmerited gift
  • God gives physical life (Gen. 2:7)
    • And through Jesus, eternal life (John 6:27)
  • God gives us His Son (John 3:16; Mark 10:45)
    • And with Him, everything else (Rom. 8:32)
  • God gives us His Spirit (Luke 11:13; John 3:34)
    • So that He do His work in and through us (Acts 1:8)

 

Our Gifts of Love to God

  • Giving of our money, which shows where our priorities lie (Matt. 6:21)
  • Using the gifts that He has given us to glorify Him
    • Both ‘natural’ talents & spiritual gifts (1 Cor. 12:4-6)
  • Every gift is given to be shared! (1Co 12:7)

 

Loving One Another

  • A thoughtful gift can transform someone’s day

    • It shows that they are known by you
  • It is not about the monetary cost
    • It is about showing the value you place in someone by the sacrificial act
  • Gifts are also about making sure that the physical needs of others are met (Jas. 2:15-16)

 

Loving Our Community

  • Helping meet the basic needs of our neighbors
  • Being known for our generosity

 

So What?

  • Are we expressing love through giving?

    • Realigning our priorities
    • Seeing needs and meeting them
    • Showing our thoughtfulness to others
    • Giving away what we have received

 

Meditation Verse: James 1:17

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