Gifts you can give all year Giving does not expire on December 26
Example Kindness Lets Unwrap these gifts! Praise Forgive Love Gratitude Presence PrayerUnderstanding
Mark Twain said he could live 2 months on one compliment. Critics destroy - - - But - - -Praise An Encourager builds up Make it a point to express praise when you can. Compliments are free! 1 Corinthians 11:2 – Now I praise you brethren 2 Chronicles 35:2 – He (Josiah) encouraged them to the service of the house of the Lord.
Deep down – most of wish for more understanding We want to be understood Husbands and wives would solve many issues with a clear understanding of each other.Solomon could as for anything hewanted. He asked for understanding.1 Kings 3:9, 12 – He was given a“wise and understanding heart.” Understanding
KindnessEphesians 3:32 Be kind to oneanotherRomans 12:10 Be kindly affectionateto one another with brotherly love,in honor, giving preference to oneanother2 Peter 1:7 Add to godlinessbrotherly kindness
Visit the sick, shut-in, nursing home,hospital, funeral home.It is not so much what you say –It is your presence thatbrings them comfort.Your presence matters.James 1:27 – Pure religion = visitMatthew 25:34-40 The saved are thosewho give, went, visited, showed up,supported, helped. Presence
“Gratitude is the mother of all virtues.”Ephesians 5:20 – Giving thanks alwaysfor all things to God the Father in thename of our Lord Jesus ChristLuke 17:17 – Were there not 10 cleansed?But where are the nine?The percentages are about the same nowRomans 1:21 – The heathen gentiles “didnot glorify His as God, nor were thankful” Gratitude
Song: “For You I Am Praying”James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to oneanother, and pray for one another, that youmay be healed. The effective, fervent prayerof a righteous man avails much.1 Thessalonians 5:17Pray without ceasingRomans 12:12 rejoicing in hope, patient intribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; Prayer
Ephesians 4:32 And be kind to one another,tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as Godin Christ forgave you.Matthew 6:14-15 14 "For if you forgive men theirtrespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgiveyou. 15 But if you do not forgive men theirtrespasses, neither will your Father forgive yourtrespasses. ForgiveMatthew 18:21-22 21 Then Peter came toHim and said, "Lord, how often shall mybrother sin against me, and I forgive him?Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus said to him,"I do not say to you, up to seven times, butup to seventy times seven.
Example1 Corinthians 11:1 Imitate me, just as Ialso imitate Christ.Matthew 5:13-15 We are to be the lightof the world and the salt of the earthMatthew 5:16 Let your light so shinebefore men, that they may see yourgood works and glorify your Fatherin heaven.“Id rather see a sermon than to hear one.”
1 Corinthians 13:13 And now abide faith,hope, love, these three; but the greatestof these is love.1 Peter 1:22 Since you have purified yoursouls in obeying the truth through theSpirit in sincere love of the brethren,love one another fervently with a pure heart, LoveJohn 13:34-35 34 A new commandmentI give to you, that you love one another;as I have loved you, that you also loveone another. 35 By this all will know thatyou are My disciples, if you have love forone another."
Giving should not be limited to specialtimes, holidays and birthdaysTrue gifts can (and should) be given everyday of the yearActs 20:35 – Better to give than receiveThe greatest gift ever given was the giftGod gave – His Son – John 3:16Would you give your life to him?Are you ready to live a life of giving?