Over the course of four weeks, Pastor Allen introduces the Christmas gifts that God has for his people. Reap the benefits of gifts requires the ability and knowledge to receive. The gift of righteousness is received by accepting Jesus as Lord of your life. Only through the divine exchange on the Cross, where Jesus took the penalty for our sins, can we receive the righteousness that was due to Jesus. When we confess our sins, and receive His gifts with appreciation and humility, God purifies us from all unrighteousness and leave us with no blemish before Him.
The Gifts of Forgiveness
God’s gift in this lesson is forgiveness. Forgiveness, both given and received, requires a heart of brokenness to reach true repentance and a heart of humility to ask forgiveness. Forgiveness is a choice, not an emotion. Forgiveness is not dependent on someone deserving it; it is about cancelling a debt and expecting nothing in return. Unforgiveness creates bondage; forgiveness breaks those chains and brings freedom. Our ability to forgive can be exponentially changed when we realize how much we need to be forgiven.
God Sent His Son
This week Pastor Allen discusses the gift of Jesus. He is the point of differentiation among all religions. Jesus is the difference-maker. In truly receiving Jesus, we see that he is relatable. Jesus understands us, our problems, and our joys because he walked through them too. Some may have an impression of Jesus as meek and quiet, but instead we see him as powerful because he took God’s cup for him and chose to put away the power that he could have wielded. He had alternatives, but he chose to trust his Father in heaven and bore our sins on a tree so that we could receive healing and life and live for righteousness.
Value & Purpose
In all the aspects of creation we know of, God has given a unique place to human beings. We are valuable to Him and He has given us a purpose in His eternal plan. Understanding these gifts affects not only how we relate to God but how we interact with others, bringing integrity and significance to our lives.