“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Religion in Three Words

(Please read John 3:16-17 and Colossians 1:9-14)

May 29

It’s always good to read about God’s love for the world, isn’t it? For in his wondrous generosity God has given us the world’s greatest present – his Son. Then in the second passage cited above we read that through the Son we have the forgiveness of sins; and the passage speaks also of joyfully giving thanks to the Father.

So in two brief readings we see three related concepts which sweep across the entire spectrum of pure religion: giving, forgiving and thanksgiving. Christianity is a giving religion. God gave his Son; Jesus gave his life. James wrote (1:17, NIV) that “every good and perfect gift” comes down from the Father. Salvation is his gift, as are all the physical blessings we enjoy on a daily basis.

As children of a generous Father, we must be givers also. Good models for our giving are the Macedonian churches described in 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, who “gave themselves first to the Lord,” then showed rich generosity in giving to people in need.

We’re also expected to emulate the Father in forgiving. In fact, our own forgiveness depends on it, for Jesus said, “But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:14).

And thanksgiving will flow naturally from grateful hearts to God. Please thank him this morning for his indescribable gifts, and make every day a thanksgiving day.

 

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