Skip to main content

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. 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 15:14: I Myself Am Satisfied About You, My Brothers

Romans 15:14 [14] I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. (ESV) The Apostle Paul was a strong man. His words to the churches in all of his letters are full of doctrinal truth and instruction that are not for the faint of heart. In this letter to the church at Rome he had to correct them in their understanding of how to deal with issues that could potentially divide them. Paul had never even been to Rome yet. He had not met these believers. Paul is telling the church at Rome in this verse that the reason they were able to receive his strong words was because of their spiritual maturity. He declares that they are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another. This is an incredible compliment that Paul would not offer to every church. This concept of being filled with goodness and knowledge speaks of a group of believers who had listened to t

Romans 15:22: This Is The Reason Why I Have So Often Been Hindered From Coming To You.

Romans 15:22 [22] This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. (ESV) Paul was quite the traveler. As an Apostle to the Gentiles his task was literally to take the Gospel to the entire known world at the time. Many of the Epistles that Paul writes are letters written to places where he has already been. He preached the Gospel, many were saved, churches were planted, and Paul moved on to a new area. Rome was a place that Paul had never been to. He writes this entire letter to people whom he had never met. As an Apostle to the Gentiles he wanted to give them the good solid teaching they needed to grow in their faith. Likely, someone who was converted on the Day of Pentecost went back to Rome and first shared the Gospel there. Paul says that he has been often hindered from coming to Rome. He could have argued that all kinds of circumstances would not permit him to get to Rome. Paul would not have blamed circumstances. He would have understood that it w