December 3, 2017    …JANE’S HEART TO HEART

December 3, 2017 …JANE’S HEART TO HEART

My Mother’s Ceramic Tree, a Gift of Love.

WHAT IS CHRISTMAS GIVING?   

(Christ – Birth Giving)   

Christ was Born to Die for the  Love of the World!

Real  giving is not:

  • wrapped in lovely paper with beautiful ribbons and a name tag.
  • is not just for special occasions like birthday, wedding, shower, graduation, or Christmas.
  • is not out of obligation or because we will get something in return.
  • about the cost or value of time spent, the labor of hands or great sacrifice.
  • nor to expect a  return gift of equal value.
  • to prevent feeling guilty.

Giving is a privilege and honor to express our love for the Lord by showing love for others as we are directed in the Word of God.

Proverbs 22:9 ESV Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

Deuteronomy 15:10 ESV    You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

Hebrews 13:16 ESV   Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Missionary Amy Carmichael, who saved many children  from a life of slavery, wrote a little booklet called “If”, 2012 and she shares in the the front how “If”came to be written.

“One evening a fellow-worker brought me a problem about a younger one who was missing the way of Love.  This led to a wakeful night, for the word at such times is always, “Lord, is it I?  Have I failed her anywhere?  What do I know of Calvary Love?    And then sentence by sentence the “If’s” came, almost as if spoken aloud to the inner ear.

The next morning they were shared with another (for they had been written down in pencil in the night), and then a few others shared.  After this one copies were printed on our little handpress for the Fellowship only; and that led to this booklet.

At first when it was asked for, we felt, “no, it is far too private for that.” But if it can help any to understand what the life of love means and to live that life, them it is not ours to refuse.”

This would be a great book for you to purchase for yourself to glean A few excerpts….

If a sudden jar can cause me to speak an inpatient, unloving word, then I know nothing of Calvary love  — For a cup brimful of sweet water cannot spill even on drop of bitter water however suddenly jolted (p.13).

If I cast up a confessed, repented, and forsaken sin against another,

and allow my remembrance of that sin to color my thinking and feed my suspicions, then I know nothing of Calvary love (p.10).

If I have not compassion on my fellow-servant even as my Lord had pity on me, then I know nothing of Calvary love(p. 7).

If I belittle those whom I am called to serve, talk of their weak points in contrast perhaps with what I think of as my strong points;  if I adopt a superior attitude, forgetting “ Who made thee differ? And what hast thou that thou hast not received?”    Then I know nothing of Calvary love (p. 7).

If my interest in the work of others is cool; if I think in terms of my own special work; if the burdens of others are not my burdens too and their joys mine, then I know nothing of Calvary love (p. 16).

Jon Swanson calls himself “St. John of the Mall”. 

He posted Friday on Facebook “Jesus suggests that helping someone in need is Just like helping Him.  During this Month of Advent look at a person, you know as if they are Jesus.”

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