Giving Spiritual Gifts This Holiday
Copyright 2007 ~ Marriage Healing Ministry
How can we give someone spiritual gifts during this
holiday season? Can we wrap HOPE up in a box and put a big ribbon around
it? No, we can’t. But we can BE hope by sharing our testimony with
someone who has ears to hear. That would be one of the best gifts we
could give anyone. Who could not use the message of hope?
Can we wrap WISDOM up in a box and put a big ribbon
around it? No, we can’t. But we can SHOW wisdom by living our life as
an example of someone who has built his or her house on the rock. There
is no better gift we can give others than the gift of wisdom.
How can we gift-wrap MERCY? We can forgive someone
whom needs our forgiveness by showing mercy and giving them the gift of
compassion. We teach compassion and kindness by doing compassionate
things. How great forgiveness becomes when we have unburdened
someone’s heart through our compassion for him or her.
PATIENCE can never be gift wrapped because it would
shut it up in the dark. But we can show patience with someone who is
having a stressful day behind the check out counter or we can be patient
with our own family by listening to what they have to say without
interrupting like we always do. Patience truly is a virtue. This is
something that we all need to work on.
Can we just hand over TRUST in a pretty red box
with a green ribbon around it? No, we must first ask God to help us to
trust again so we can give the gift of trust to someone we love. We
cannot give the gift of trust until we accept the gift of Christ within
our heart. Blessed is the one who already trusts in God, for they can
freely give trust away to another.
Last Christmas many husband’s and wives looked
for LOVE under the tree but all they got was a tie and a blender. Love
does not come in pretty shiny packages because it is something that
needs to be acted upon by the giver. How many ways can we show love? We
can show love in a hundred and one ways – find your ways and give love
How many times can we be HUMBLE with others? Can we
put some pretty paper around it and hand it over to our children for
Christmas? No, we first must walk in humbleness every day so our
children can get a better understanding of how they may walk in modesty
as a true follower of Jesus Christ.
How can we show ACCEPTANCE when we are all so
different? Acceptance only means tolerance in the sense that we are not
anyone’s judge and executioner and we should not behave as such. If we
become overly self-righteous with others, what are we really saying to
them about who we are as Christ followers? We are to rebuke our brothers
and sisters in the Lord and that is our example to follow. Jesus said,
turn your life around and sin no more.
Too many people are living in a state of depression
and loneliness. What better present can we give then the gift of JOY? In
what ways can you gift wrap joy and bring happiness to the sad, and
encouragement to the discouraged, and courage to the fearful and, rest
to the anxious. God says He will fill our mouth with laughter and our
lips with shouts of Joy! Ask Him and receive the gift of joy so you may
in turn give the gift to someone else. (Job 8:21)
How does one show THANKFULNESS? We do not find
thankfulness under the Christmas tree; on the contrary it does not come
in a big or small package because thankfulness is shown through our life
in Christ. It is shown in how we treat others and how we treat
We should all stop and be thankful for the many
things we take for granted, such as the man or woman we married, and
know how blessed we are to have that person to share the rest of our
life with. Being appreciative of him or her at all times throughout the
marriage, and not just when everything is going smoothly.
Being thankful for the beautiful children God has
given us, so that we may teach them His merciful ways of giving and
loving without expecting anything at all in return. Our children our
really God’s children – we are only caretakers of them until they
are old enough to take care of themselves.
We have so much more to be thankful for in this
world but this article is getting too long as it is. So I must end it
with the biggest gift we have been given from God and that is
forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Without that gift
we would not understand what any of these precious gifts I have
mentioned so far can really do for our lives, but as it is, we know that
through Him we may some day be with God in Heavenly Paradise.
As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the
Lord, so walk ye in him. Rooted and built up in him, and established in
the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.
(Colossians 2: 6-7)