The Joy of Giving
Give and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again." Luke 6:38
There is something wonderful about giving a gift. The joy of the moment is shared mutually by the giver and receiver. Do you remember when someone surprised you with an unexpected gift? The feeling of gratefulness, thankfulness and anticipation was overwhelming. In most cases no matter how you were feeling the reception of that gift brought a moment of satisfaction, good will and peace. That is the joy of giving.
Here we are in the most glorious of seasons, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God has given us a special gift and has lead the way by perfect example, showing mankind in a personal way the joy in giving. During this time of the year many gifts will be given and received and much joy will be shared. The joy of a child, parent, family, loved one, friend, Christian brother or sister. This grand and auspicious season truly echoes the sentiments of the angelic host to the shepherds 2000 years ago in the city of Bethlehem, "Glory to God in the Highest and on Earth peace, good will toward men."
The joy and definitiveness of giving is perpetual. From the ancient Hebrew dialect; "Doreomai," which means to present or bestow, to the Greek; "Nathan," which is to grant, dedicate or commit, to the present day purpose clarified by the Merriam-Webster dictionary; to offer or to share. From a timeless state and across all cultural and language shores, giving in any form shares the same meaning.
It is my sincere hope and prayer that we take the spirit of this season and establish the "Joy of Giving" as a perpetual standard. Please consider with me the beauty of unceasing giving. Not just gifts of tangible materialism but the equally important intangible gifts of love, brotherhood, sisterhood, support, encouragement, fairness, forgiveness, equality, understanding, opportunity and most important of all the gospel of Jesus Christ. As the song states, "What a wonderful world it would be."
The Bible says, "I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He said, it is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35
I encourage you to share a gift with someone, not just on December 25th but everyday. The words of Luke will ring true in your hearts the blessed joy in giving more than receiving. For if everyone is giving, then everyone will also receive, this is truly a wonderful reality.
"Merry Christmas" and "Happy holidays" to you all.
Pastor James Friedman