Beautiful presents

485 beautiful giftsThe apostle James writes in his Epistle: "All good gifts and all perfect gifts come down from above, from the Father of Light, where there is no change, nor change of light and darkness" (James 1,17 LUT).

When I look at God's gifts, I realize that he is bringing life. The light, the glory of nature, the golden sunrises, the bright colors of the sunsets over snow-capped peaks, the lush green of the woods, the sea of ​​colors in a meadow full of flowers. I see many other things that we can all admire only if we take some time for them. God gives us all these things in abundance, no matter what conviction you represent. The believer, the atheist, the agnostic, the non-believer and the different believer, all of them can enjoy these good gifts. God makes it rain over the righteous and the unrighteous. He gives these good gifts to all people.

Think about the amazing skills people have in technology, construction, sports, music, literature, the arts - the list has no end. God has given each person abilities. People of all backgrounds were blessed abundantly. Where else do these abilities come from, if not from the Father of Light, the giver of all good gifts?

On the other hand, there is much suffering and sorrow in the world. People have been drawn into a vortex of hatred, greed, recklessness, and things that cause great suffering. One only has to look at the world and its political orientations to see how serious it is. We see both the good and the bad in the world and in human nature.

What beautiful gifts does God give the believer, who meets the good and the bad in this world? These are precisely the people James is addressing, to encourage them to view it as a very special reason to rejoice when undergoing trials of all kinds.

The salvation

First and foremost, the word Jesus stands for the one who believes in the only-begotten Son of God. Saved from what? He or she is saved from the wages of sin, which is eternal death. Similarly, Jesus spoke of the publican who stood in the temple and struck his breast and said, "God, have mercy on me as a sinner!" I say to you: He went down to his house justified (Lk 18,1314).

The certainty of forgiveness

Unfortunately, due to our wrongdoing, we strive to be guilty through life. Some people try to justify their guilt, but they remain.

There are many reasons why our past failures leave us alone. Therefore, some people go to psychologists to seek solutions. No human counseling can do what enables the shed blood of Jesus. Only through Jesus can we have the certainty that everything is forgiven us, in our past and present, even in our future. Only in Christ are we free. As Paul said, there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ (Rom 8,1).

Moreover, we have the assurance that when we sin again and "confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1, Jn 1,9).

The Holy Spirit

Jesus also said that the Father of Light and giver of good gifts will give us the gift of the Holy Spirit - so much more than our human parents can do for us. He assured his disciples that he was going away, but the promise of his father, as prophesied in Joel 3,1, would be fulfilled on the day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit came down to them and has been in and with all believing Christians ever since.

When we accept Christ and receive the Holy Ghost, we have not received a spirit of fear, but the spirit of power, love, and prudence (2, Tim 1,7). This power enables us to withstand the attacks of evil, to oppose it, so it flees from us.

Love

Galater 5,22-23 describes what fruit the Holy Spirit brings forth in us. There are nine aspects of this fruit, starting with and being embedded in love. Because God first loved us, we are capable of "loving the Lord our God with all our hearts and with our neighbor as ourselves." Love is so important that Paul in 1. Corinthians 13 has written a definition about them and described what we can be through them. He concludes that there are three things that remain - faith, hope, and love, but love is the greatest among them.

A healthy mind

This allows us to live as children of the living God in the hope of salvation, salvation and eternal life. When difficulties arise, we may become confused and even lose hope, but if we wait for the Lord, he will carry us through.

After more than seventy years of living a blessed life as a committed Christian, I can join in the words of King David: "The righteous must suffer much, but from all that the LORD helps them" (Ps 34,20). There were times when I did not know how to pray, so I had to wait quietly and then, looking back, I could see that I was not alone. Even as I questioned God's existence, he patiently waited to help me out of the crisis and make me look up to see the grandeur of His glory and creation. In such a situation, he had asked Job, "Where were you when I founded the earth?" (Job 38,4).

The peace

Jesus also said, "I leave the peace to you, my peace I give you. [...] Do not frighten your heart and do not be afraid "(Joh 14,27). In the worst of needs he gives us peace that reaches far beyond understanding.

Die Hoffnung

He gives us eternal life as the supreme gift, and the joyful hope of being with him forever, where there will be no suffering and pain, and where all the tears will be wiped out (Rev 21,4).

Salvation, forgiveness, peace, hope, love and a healthy mind are but a few of the good gifts promised to the believer. They are very real. Even more real than all of them is Jesus. He is our salvation, our forgiveness, our peace, our hope, our love and our sound mind - the very best and perfect gift that comes from the Father.

People who do not belong to the faithful, whether atheists, agnostics or people of other faiths should also enjoy these good gifts. By accepting the offer of salvation through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and trusting that God will give them the Holy Spirit, they will experience a new life and divine relationship with the Triune God, who is the giver of all good gifts. You have the choice.

from Eben D. Jacobs


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