The Kind of Love That Lasts
Gifts. Who doesn’t enjoy them? Yet whatever Christmas, birthday, graduation or other presents you received from a parent, favorite relative or friend, over time those gifts will mean far less than the memories of the person who gave them.
Inside that wrapped box, gift bag or special card came something far more significant: Love. The affection and care that motivated the giver were more valuable than the contents. And when you boil it down to its essence, the kind of love that lasts originates with the ultimate source of love—God.
After all, the essence of human nature is self-centeredness. Watch any children scrape and tussle because they want their toys or their way and they want it right now. They have to learn to share, to not always think they are the center of attention, and to show concern for others.
This is where God comes in. Because he left behind evidence and instructions in the Bible, you can learn more about the best way to go through this life. Namely, by showing love for others. The best things in life, such as good friends, a close-knit family and caring mentors, really are free. All they take is an investment of your most valuable possession: yourself.
Someone motivated only by selfish desires will never know the joy of close relationships and wind up a very poor person, regardless of the size of his or her bank account. This is why James wrote that every good and perfect gift comes from above. It is knowing the reality of your heavenly Father’s love that will enable you to be more loving. With God’s help, your love can endure frustrations, disappointments, disillusionment and other human frailties. After all, as James says, he “does not change like shifting shadows.” Isn’t that good to know in such a self-centered, unstable world?
A Challenge For You…
Quick. Name your favorite Christmas or birthday present? Why was it so special? How much meaning does it have now? Describe what kind of gift (or gifts) would make you much happier today than when you were a child. Then tell a friend how you intend to give the same kind of present to someone else. And, if you still can, call the friend, parent or relative whose gifts meant so much when you were younger and tell them how much you appreciated them.
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