We don't usually think of a person as a gift, but actually personal relationships are the most valued and cherished gifts of all. The Bible teaches that God gave a Person as a gift to every one of us, and that Person is Jesus Christ. As we exchange our gifts, let us remember that they are symbolic of the love God has for us. The gifts we give each other should not be expensive ones, rather they should be gifts that are the expressions of our love and devotion to the recipient. To Christians, the joy of Christmas is not limited to His birth. It is built even more on the triumph of His death and resurrection - that gave meaning to His birth. The spirit of generosity which possesses us at Christmas is the afterglow of Calvery. Bethlehem's manger became the link that would bind a lost world to a loving God. From this manger came a Man who not only taught us a new way of life, but brought us into a new relationship with our Creator. This gift of Jesus should fill all the longings and desires of our heart as we can see His immeasurable love reaching out to all mankind. As we remember the birth in such a lowly stable, let us ask God to cleanse our hearts so that they might be a sanctified gift to Him.
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