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Never Forget the Gift!




        All of us have a special gift that we remember getting.  It may not be the cost.  It may not be special because we needed it.  It is often times special because of other reasons.  It might have been the last gift that someone gave us.  Perhaps it was the first gift that newlyweds gave each other.  Maybe it was one from our childhood.  For whatever reason, it is precious to us. As Christians we should never forget the gift.  The gift I am speaking of is the gift on the Son of God on the cross.   "Thanks be to God for His indescribable/unspeakable gift!" (2 Corinthians 9:15).  Human comprehension cannot begin to appreciate what Jesus did on the cross of Calvary. Jesus never knew what it was like to suffer, yet went to earth, took on human flesh, and suffered indescribable pain and anguish. 
       As we go through this holiday season, be sure to not forget the gift. Remember what Jesus has done for you.
       When you are looking for gifts for friends and family, remember the gift. Remember that God gave His gift to us when we were yet in sin and enemies of Him.  "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were
still sinners, Christ died for us" (Rom. 5:8).  People often base their giving on those who will give them a gift in return.  But God gave when He knew that we were His enemies in rebellion against Him.
        When you think about how much you love those of your family whom you are buying gifts for, remember the gift.  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life" (John 3:16).  Jesus expressed that love when he said, "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends" (John 15:13).  As much as you love your wife, husband, or children, remember, God loved us more!
        When you start to total up the cost of your gifts, remember the gift. "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His poverty might become rich" (2 Cor. 8:9).  "Let this mind be<


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