What is the greatest Christmas gift ever?
Well, of course, the answer is Jesus. The gift of hope, of life, of light and of salvation are the very best of the best.
Although Jesus is a tangible gift for many of us, for many others, Jesus isn't as tangible. For atheists, He isn't a gift at all.
So, how does Jesus become tangible to those that believe and to those that don't?
Other than Jesus (and because of Jesus), the next greatest gift we can give one another is friendship.
Why, you ask? Because friendship encompasses everything good in the world:
In a true friendship you will find...
Think about it: our family members, the ones we are closest to, are more like friends than just family.
We don't get to choose family - we get what we get. But our friends, those we get to choose.
I have chosen to surround myself with people that make me feel good about who I am, that hold me accountable when I'm out of line or straying too far from the Truth.
I have chosen people that love me, people that are imperfect (just like me), and people that have quirks and foibles (just like me).
We love on each other, we pray for each other, we lift each other up, and we carry each other's burdens.
Even if you're not a praying type, all these other attributes will apply to the people you hold closest.
So this Christmas, regardless of what you believe, believe in love, peace, hope and joy. Be generous. Be hospitable.
Be a friend, and let's banish the darkness of hatred with the light of love.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (CEB)
9 Two are better than one because they have a good return for their hard work.10 If either should fall, one can pick up the other. But how miserable are those who fall and don’t have a companion to help them up! 11 Also, if two lie down together, they can stay warm. But how can anyone stay warm alone? 12 Also, one can be overpowered, but two together can put up resistance. A three-ply cord doesn’t easily snap.
John 13:34-35 (CEB)
34 “I give you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, so you also must love each other. 35 This is how everyone will know that you are my disciples, when you love each other.”
What do you think is the greatest Christmas gift ever?
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