By: Tatum-Lee Louw
While everyone is in full festive cheer, gathering gifts, wrapping gifts and making sure that they participate in the season of giving, what are you giving away this Christmas? Will it only be the material things or have you thought about the things money can’t buy?
Besides the D.I.Y gifts, there are other meaningful gifts you can give away this Christmas, inspiring hope, encouragement and spreading the Love of God, with those in your community, family, and church.
The Good News
“and I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ”.(Philemon 1:6)
The Christmas season is the perfect opportunity to share the glorious gospel with your friends and family. It could be the hope that they’ve been searching for all their lives and what better way to relay the message of salvation through the birth of Jesus Christ? You can start today by sending of a scripture on your cell phone and email, a letter or even delivering the Good News personally. It costs you nothing to share the gift of Christ this Christmas.
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (Colossians 3:13)
Many people spend the holidays in complete despair and misery. It’s really not as uncommon as we think. They refuse to let go of their hurts, disappointments, and failures. Peter had a problem with forgiveness too. Matthew 18 documents the account of Peter asking Jesus how many times he ought to forgive, after having some conflict with a fellow disciple. Forgiveness is not easy, but it is worth it.
The holiday season creates an opportunity to offer forgiveness and reconciliation to those who need it most in our lives. We can take the first step. Even before an apology has ever been uttered, we can lay the foundation for reconciliation that makes it possible.
“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”. (John 3:16)
Have you ever gone through a period where you have felt unloved, by someone or a group of people? I am sure all of us have felt this way during different periods of our lives. Having experienced the solitude of feeling unloved, imagine giving someone that extra bit of affection, appreciation, and care this Christmas. Jesus Christ was the perfect example of Love and the greatest gift to mankind. If you have nothing but love to give this Christmas, then love to the fullest. Someone somewhere needs to know that they are loved.
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor:If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up”. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)
Have you ever been in space where you feel lonely and deserted? Or do you know of someone in your community or in the church that is heavily burdened and could do with a friend? Sometimes all people need is an ear that will listen, encourage and direct them to the comforter of our souls, Jesus Christ. This Christmas, offer someone the gift of friendship, it may only be to walk with that person for a season, who knows? The Lord might craft a long-term friendship. Friendship is a beautiful gift, look at what our friendship with the Lord has done for us?
“Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you”. (Ephesians 4: 32)
Kindness has one price to it, It insists that we die to ourselves. Giving and kindness compliments each other really well, and it is really simple. A smile is an act of kindness, helping someone carry their groceries is an act of kindness, asking someone how their day went is an act of kindness. These suggestions can make a remarkable difference in the lives of people around you, and they show off Christ at work in you.
“Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness, no one will see the Lord”. (Hebrews 12:14)
Have you offended someone around you or said something you really didn’t mean. If I’m sorry will fix it, it’s a really small price to pay for peace, don’t you think? It eliminates in animosity and you and the person can live in harmony towards one another, whether it be a neighbor or church family. Peace is important. If you can contribute to someone’s peace of mind this Christmas, give it your best shot.
Is there something I have missed out on that you want to add to the list? Feel free to comment below.
Tatum-Lee is a Born Again Christian, qualified Writer and Content producer who resides in Cape Town, lives on Facebook and reads books for breakfast. She makes a conscious effort to remain on top of the news and is equipped to produce all kinds of content, works exceptionally well with briefs and makes people look Kwaai on Facebook.