“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”
-Matthew defines the relationship between a parent & his children bringing out an association of love in provision. A comparison between an earthly father who provides good gifts to his children & our Father in heaven in His nature of love providing good gifts to us His children. God in His goodness cautions us against anxiety telling us never to worry about our lives what we will eat or drink, or what we will wear for He feeds the birds of the air & we are more valuable than them & by worrying we cannot add anything to our lives. God reminds us to ask anything according to His will & He will provide to us generously. We are commanded to maintain good relationships with God & our neighbors through love; which is a fulfillment of the law & the prophets.
Generally, in scripture the word gift has three senses; gifts men give to men, sacrificial offerings presented to God & gifts God gives to men, especially in connection with provision, sustenance, salvation, righteousness, faith, love & grace. Gifts to men create & mend broken relationships & enhance reconciliation. Gifts to God remind us of Gods’ goodness & mercy upon us through His precious gifts that He has graciously given to us through His sacrifice on the cross. We give to God in different forms including; tithes, offerings, thanksgiving, alms & other sacrifices in good works & especially our bodies as pleasing sacrifices to Him. The gifts of the Holy Spirit cannot be manufactured or bought, & they result in good fruits when effectively utilized; bring glory to God. To utilise our God given gifts; we need to exercise them & eventually; we become fluid when performing them, & they become a part of us. Christ became the First fruit; liberating us to God through His death & resurrection, that we may bear many good fruits & inherit eternal life through faith in Him. God has made us His children through sanctification by His precious blood & we belong to Him. Through His love though He was rich, yet for our sakes became poor, that we through His poverty might become rich through His precious gift of salvation; that we may never lack any good thing as we place our eyes on Him alone.
God You are good & Your mercies endure forever. You have given us every good gift Lord our Father through Your everlasting love for us; we thank You & praise Your holy name. Have mercy on us Lord & on the whole world, & always cover us with Your precious blood. Give us the grace Lord to be reconciled with our neighbors & set us free from every anger, pain, oppression, depression, insufficiency, sin & grant us love that we may always offer our bodies as pleasing sacrifices to You holy God. Shepherd us always Lord as we give our tithes, offerings, alms & sacrifices that You may receive them merciful Father. You have aligned our heritage in You Christ our Lord through Your gift of salvation that we may never lack any good & perfect gift, we praise Your name forever. Lord by Your mercies give us the desire of our hearts & make all our plans succeed. Grant us all our requests, prayers & petitions according to Your will; loving Father. You give victory to Your anointed Lord; grant us Your grace. By the victorious power of Your right hand Lord shelter us with Your love from Your heavenly sanctuary & grant us peace. We put all our trust in You Lord our God & exult Your holy name forever & ever. Amen
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