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The Gift Of Love

READ Ephesians 1:1-14 and 3:11

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son. —John 3:16

Nathan, age 8, was working hard (with a little help from his grandfather) to build a birdhouse for his mother for Christmas. He referred to it as his “secret project.” He gave it careful thought and poured all his energy into it. Most important, he was motivated by love.

Before Nathan started, he calculated the number of hours he thought it would take to make it (7 1/2), and he decided what colors it should be painted (yellow with a blue roof). On Christmas morning he insisted that it be the first gift opened, and he beamed when Mom said she really liked it.

Nathan’s gift was given in the true spirit of the Gift whose birth we celebrate on Christmas. God the Father, moved by His great love, “gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him” (John 3:16-17).

Think of the love of the Father that led to the priceless gift of His Son, which was part of His eternal plan (Ephesians 1:4-5; 3:11). God’s gift of love should fill us with deep gratitude and joy. Thank God for this indescribable gift! —Dave Egner

The best gift anyone could receive is Jesus.

Written by YouVersion

Written by Allison Levy

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