God gave us hope. He gave us His Son, Jesus.

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
(Psalms 136:1 (NIV))

It has been over two thousand years since God sent His only Son into the world that He created.

In just a few days we will celebrate the worldly birth of Jesus as an infant. What better symbol of God’s love than a newborn baby. All of us have such high ideals and expectations when we see a newborn baby. We see the hopes of all the world for a perfect world. When we see a newborn baby, we tend to forget the troubles that we face in this world. We see a chance to begin anew. We see all of the hopes and aspirations of the world rekindled.

God is good.

God gave us hope. He has given us grace. He has given us peace. He has given us love that endures forever. The only sad part about this is that we have taken this gift and have rejected it through our sinful nature. As a result, humanity has been separated from God.

Thankfully, God sees a baby in the same way that we do. He saw a new birth of hope, grace, and mercy for all of mankind. He saw the world once again with great hope and high aspirations. He reached out through a baby – His own Son. He saved us from our sinful nature through an amazing gift.

He gave us His Son, Jesus.

“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. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”
(John 3:16-21 (NIV))

This Christmas, please remember that the greatest gift has been freely given by God to each of us.

Copyright 1998 – 2013 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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