cheerful-hearted giver

Have you heard the phrase, “She’s a good gift-giver,” before? It’s kind of a funny way to say, “She pays attention to what people like and need.” I think that simply translates into: She’s a good gift-sharer.

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. It anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength that God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11

While the gifts of a good “gift-giver” may be incredible, what you should really see in the giving is their personality and their intention. Giving gifts is about appreciation, not lavishness. Often, giving gifts revolves around material things, of which we know that we should not get absorbed in. So…how do we give good gifts?

Below you’ll find three reminders on how we can be good stewards of the gifts we give and receive:

1. You don’t need to receive gifts to know you’re loved.
If you haven’t heard of The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman, you should invest time to explore it because that simple quiz can tell you how you express love and how you show love. (which could be entirely different from each other!)

For example, the greatest gifts you could ever give me are Words of Affirmation and Quality Time. But I mostly express love to others through Acts of Service and Giving Gifts.

Grasping gratitude quickly is so important because you’ll learn that you don’t always need tangible gifts to know you’re loved. Like the saying goes: just because someone isn’t loving you in the way you need, doesn’t mean they’re not loving you with everything they have.

In Romans, the writer says, “God does not show favoritism” (2:11). So, you can also be truly glad in the gifts that you receive from the Lord! Just because someone else’s life seems to be more “blessed” than yours, doesn’t mean that God has withheld good things from you. Because he doesn’t!

2. You don’t need to give gifts to be loved.
If you’re already in debt because of the gifts you’ve bought for Christmas this year, you might be projecting an expectation onto those that would be receiving them. In other words…while they would most likely appreciate your gift, you could make a simple, cheaper gift go further with a thoughtful explanation behind it.

And if they truly expect an enormous gift, their heart needs to be checked on their motivation – not yours. You should never resent buying gifts or shame yourself for what you can afford.

2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

3. You’ve already received the greatest Gift of all, so your life should graciously reflect that.
You know…God was worth loving and following before he sent Jesus to die for our sins. He was a good God long before our ancestors knew him and were chosen to be his people. The gift of salvation and an eternity with the Lord through Jesus was above and beyond what anyone could expect.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” John 3:16-17

Pastor Levi Lusko says, “God didn’t get stuck with you – he chose you.” What Creator chooses to die for his creations?? Thankfully, ours!

You have been given the greatest Gift that’s ever been. Our gratitude and generosity should reflect that daily.

Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.

1 Timothy 6:18

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to give back to our neighbors, family, and friends.

Let’s all check our lists twice this year…and our hearts! 😉

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