The Best Gift
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The Best Gift
By Lois Parker Edstrom
Object suggested: A box wrapped in gift wrap, tied with ribbon and filled with small gifts for the children. (The gifts could be beautiful bookmarks in the shape of a cross or with the word “Grace” or the phrase “God Loves You” applied in calligraphy or designed on the computer. Valentine gifts would also be appropriate. Caution: Avoid objects that have the potential to be a choking hazard.)
What is one of the best gifts you ever received? Was it given as a birthday gift? Was it given as a Christmas gift?
Did you have to pay money to receive your gift? No, a gift is free. There is no charge.
Gifts are fun to receive. Perhaps the best gift is one that is not expected; you have done nothing to earn it. Have you ever received a gift like that? The gift is not a birthday gift or a Christmas gift, but a gift that is given to say, “I love you” or “I am thankful you are you.”
There is a passage in the Bible that talks about a gift that is given to all of us by God. The gift is called grace. Grace means that we have favor with God. Grace is God’s way of saying, “I love you” and I’m glad you are you.”
Grace is not something we earn or deserve, because we all make mistakes and bad choices. The verse in the Bible that talks about the gift of grace says, “… those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ “(5:17). Grace is a way of being forgiven, through the life of Jesus Christ, for the mistakes we have made.
Grace is an unexpected gift that is freely given by God. I think it is the best gift; we just need to accept it.
Scripture quotations from the World English Bible
Copyright 2007, Richard Niell Donovan