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James 1:17: Every Good And Perfect Gift Is From Above


James 1:17
[17] Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (ESV)

How many people love to get gifts? I would think that everyone does. Whether it is a Birthday, or Christmas, or some other special event, we love to receive gifts. Did you know that your Heavenly Father is a great gift giver? James tells us that every good and perfect gift is from above. Our unchanging God loves us so much he showers us with gifts. Let's consider some of them.

Salvation: The fact that we have been offered forgiveness of sin, through Jesus Christ, God's Son, is the greatest gift of all. To think that in our sinful condition Christ would come and sacrifice his perfect life for our worthless one is staggering to the imagination. We are given a new hope, a new life, and a new eternal destination.

The Holy Spirit: Jesus told his disciples that it was important for him to go back to Heaven so that he could send the Holy Spirit to them. I am sure they questioned how good of a trade that would be. I imagine they rather liked having him here on earth. But Jesus kept his promise. We were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. God's Spirit dwells within, empowering us, giving us peace, and comfort.

Tools: Some people really like to get tools for Christmas. I know that if I get tools for Christmas my wife is going to want me to use those tools to make her something. For us, God has given all the tools we need to live a Godly life in Christ Jesus. 2 Peter 1:3 reminds us that he has given all the things we need for life and godliness. We are equipped for every work God calls us to.

These are just a few gifts that God has given. Take some time today and thank him for all of his good and perfect gifts that come from him. 

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