Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1: 17

 

Advertising materials would certainly suggest to us that there are perfect gifts, or at least that there is one perfect gift which simply requires us to select well in order to give it. In this sort of context, gifts are usually associated with what the giver hopes to get in return. In fact, this concept of being compensated for the gift that has been given seems to indicate that what is being given is not so much a gift as it is a part of bargain and sell arrangement. This how we people tend to engage in relationships, but it is not how God relates to us.

 

God is a giver. He grants life to us, and He has given us the way and the means to enter into the fullness of being alive in relationship with Him through Christ. God has also granted the gift of His presence to us so that we would have counsel, comfort, and strength that are unceasing and reliable as we travel through this journey of life. The Lord cares about and for us in the most important of ways, for He is the caretaker of our souls. As Satan engages in a continual battle for the hearts and minds of people so that he can hope to own our souls, God responds by demonstrating true love, grace, and mercy to us and by providing foundational truth for people to stand upon.

 

In the entire world there is only one source of goodness, and that is God. Throughout the journey of life, perfection is known only in Christ. He brings the gift of salvation to us, and He freely gives that gift to all who will receive it. This is God’s promise to all of humanity, and I trust Him for the integrity of His word. My part in all of this is to be a willing recipient of the grace that Christ pours out upon me and to confidently enter into a life that is filled with that same grace so that others might see a glimmer of that same loving and merciful gift of life.

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