by Jerry Branch

What's the Perfect Gift?
Dr. Jerry Branch
1 John 4:9

Most of us give gifts at Christmas time. We go shopping online; we shop in the malls; we shop in Walmart, and Target, and BestBuy, and so many other places, I don't have time to mention all of them, as we quest that 'perfect gift' to give to each person on our Christmas list. We just go and shop til we drop and do we really ever find that just 'perfect gift?' Only if we get really lucky or if we 'miraculously' find it.

VIDEO 1: ( "Christmas in a Nutshell")

Unlike us, as we look for and quest to find that 'perfect' gift, the Lord, God, Himself KNEW what to give us some 2000 years ago...

1 John 4:9 (NIV) 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.

I'd like us to look at this and think about what this really means to us, and then to think about what we can do this Christmas season to show that same kind of love to someone else who may or may not know Jesus Christ.

John recorded that "THIS" is "HOW" God showed His Love among us. He sent Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son...that's what the Bible tells us. God didn't just SAY that He loved us...He SHOWED that He loves us.

When we think about gifts, and the reason we give them, I would hope that we end up saying that we give gifts because we LOVE that person to whom we're sending them.

But maybe we find it easier to give gifts like we would when we go to one of those 'white elephant' gift parties...Most of us have been to parties around Christmas where those goofy gifts are given. We all draw numbers, and then we hope we're not going to get one of those totally worthless or embarrassing gifts that some of our friends or relatives always bring to those parties.
Ok, but really, what those white elephant type gifts really are, are gifts that usually no one really wants...they might even be some item that has sat around the house for years because ...

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