By Garry Knighton
Church of Christ/North - Shreveport, La.
THE GIFT OF YOU
This is a time of the year when we think of giving gifts to others.
It is often hard to select the right gift for the right person.
Must be something they want, need, can use.
Some stores advertise: "Shop with us. We will help you find that just right gift for that special person."
We must be a gift giving people.
This morning, let's discuss some gifts we can give to others that we might be more pleasing to God.
THE GIFT OF TIME.
Time - one of our most precious and abused resources.
Once gone - never returns.
Spend many thoughts of what we should have done.
Ephesians 5:15 - redeem the time...
Give your time properly.
God, family, brethren, friends, self.
THE GIFT OF A GOOD EXAMPLE.
To the world - II Corinthians 3:1-3.
To your family.
Husbands and wives - Ephesians 5:22-30.
Remember you are teaching your children how to treat their mates.
Parents and children - Ephesians 6:1-4.
You are teaching your children how to treat their children.
Children to other children - someone is watching you.
To your brethren - I Timothy 4:12.
THE GIFT OF SEEING THE BEST IN OTHER PEOPLE.
We often make hasty judgments.
Jesus saw the best in others:
In 12 men.
Community said - trash, unlearned, ignorant, never amount to anything.
In the woman at the well - John 4.
Disciples saw only a Samaritan.
In people of Samaria - "...fields are white..."
Disciples saw hate, danger.
In woman taken in adultery - John 8.
Community saw a sinner.
In You and I.
Look at men and women and see potential for the growth of God's kingdom.
THE GIFT OF TEACHING.
Tell the world of Jesus.
We have the greatest message - give without charge to any and every man.
Pay your debt to mankind by teaching salvation.
Romans 1:14 - debtor.
We would not think of withholding medicine from a dying child -- people are dying.
Teach your children about Jesus.
Two out of three are lost among us. Where is yours?
THE GIFT OF LISTENING.
Listen when someone pours his heart out to you.
Whether problems seem great or small, LISTEN.
What may be small to you could be great to them.
THE GIFT OF LOVE.
In the home.
"The greatest gift a father can give his children is to love their mother."
In the church - LOVE THE BRETHREN.
I Peter 1:22.
Christmas gift giving is a once a year event.
Christian gift giving is an everyday event.
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