Thursday, December 21, 2017

The Christmas Spirit?

"Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom.  For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you."
Luke 6:38 (NKJV)

Every year around Christmas, and as the current year draws to a close, you can find different organizations asking people for donations and gifts.  One reason this happens is because people tend to become more generous around this time of the year.  People will often say that they get in "The Christmas Spirit" and they are more interested in giving, because typically this is the time of the year when people exchange gifts and people somehow seem a bit more gracious and generous.  But, what often happens is that most of the gracious and generous attitude disappears as soon as January comes around.

While it is a good thing to give gifts around Christmas, donate to charities and religious organizations, and to be generous and help others during the holiday season, it does not have to end there.  If people kept their gracious and generous attitude and actions for the entire year the world would be a much better place.  We, especially as Christians, need to maintain a year-long attitude and lifestyle of living to give.  We should not just limit our doing good and giving to the time around Christmas, but we should do it all year long.

As it tells us in Luke 6:38, as we give it will be given back to us.  This shows us the principle that is repeated throughout the Bible of sowing and reaping, and it is the main principle that the Kingdom of God operates on.  Whether it is being nice to people, giving money to a person or organization, or simply speaking kind and encouraging words to others, the things that we give out, or sow, in life, whether positive or negative, we will receive back, it is what we will reap.  We all need to look for ways to give to others all year long and know that as we give we will receive.

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