Do you love giving and receiving gifts?
I know I do. I love gifts–both giving and receiving them, but especially giving them–because gift-giving is an act of love.
You know how it is. A great gift simply makes a person feel loved. When you give someone a gift, they know that you thought about them and picked out something special. You cared about them. Everybody likes the gifts themselves, but it's the love behind the gift that really knocks a person's socks off.
Now think about how YOU felt when you have given a great gift to someone:
- Remember how excited you were when you picked out just the right thing?
- Remember the careful way you wrapped it?
- Remember how you just couldn't wait to see them open it?
- Then when they finally opened it, your joy was in seeing their happiness. You couldn't get enough of their reaction… because you love them.
That's what God does for you. He gives you gifts … and He is every bit as excited about giving you gifts as you are when you give someone else a gift.
Your Abba Father–Daddy God–picks out gifts just for you. He gives you things like:
- A relationship with Himself through Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Have you received His Son as your Savior and the Lord of your life? The gift of salvation through faith in Jesus is freely available to you, but you have to accept it.
- He gives you His Holy Spirit, who lives inside you after you make Jesus the Boss of your life. The Holy Spirit keeps you company, comforts you, encourages you, and teaches you.
- He gives us supernatural abilities, like the gift of healing, prophecy, mercy, and practical service. These are fulfilling ways He empowers us to serve others.
- He gives us relationships with friends and family. Your special love story with your spouse? That's a gift from God. Your children are another gift from God. Your best friend? Many people don't have friends. The fact that you do is a wonderful gift from God.
- He gives us beautiful, unexpected presents every day. That front-row parking space at the mall? That free meal the day before payday? That encouraging word someone spoke into your life at just the right time?
These are all gifts from your Daddy God. He picks them out just for you. Then He gives them to you and watches your reaction. (I can just see Him bouncing on the edge of His throne in anticipation of watching you receive them, can't you?)
God is your Father. The same way you love to give gifts to your children, He loves giving gifts to you. He can't help Himself.
This is what God's love feels like.
God is crazy in love with you. He loves you so much that He can't stop giving you presents. He knows just how to make you happy. He picks out special things only for you. He gives you these gifts at just the right time, and delights to see you open them.
You don't even have to earn His gifts. He gives to you because He loves you.
This is what God's love feels like. And if you want to feel how very much God loves you, then practice noticing all the gifts He gives you each and every day.
Would you take a few moments and think about all the gifts God has given you? Can you imagine Him showering you with each one? Can you see Him clapping His hands with excitement as He sees your response?
God loves you like crazy, and He loves to give you gifts. His gifts are an expression of His love for you, and being on the receiving end of such generosity means you are greatly beloved indeed.
Have you taken the time to notice the gifts God has been giving you already today? If so, what gifts have you noticed? Please leave a comment and share!
Read the rest of the posts in this series:
- How To Feel Like God Loves You: My Story
- God's Physical Touch
- Quality Time: God Is All Over You
- Acts of Service: The Energizer Bunny Has Nothing On God
- Response to Reader Question: Is It Too Strange For God to Serve Us?
- Words of Affirmation: He's Just That Into You
- The Gifts He Keeps On Giving
- Book Review: The Five Love Languages: The Secret To Love That Lasts by Gary Chapman
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