The Spirit of Giving


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The spirit of giving helps people in need through kindness, generosity and compassion.
It helps the individual to grow spiritually and to live with a sense of purpose for the common good of humanity.
In the spiritual sense, love is motivated by a strong desire to serve our fellow human being without expecting anything in return.
The spiritual rich devote themselves to the Glory of God.
It was seen through the lives of the Apostles and the early Christians.
It is evident in those who care for their neighbor.
And, it is found in humble people who think of others.
Giving toward what is important to God will always bless other people because people are what is important to Him.
Gifts from the heart are links to your inner values.
Helping those less fortunate without expecting anything in return fills the mind and soul with inner happiness that comes from the heart.
A helping hand, a kind word and a warm smile brings happiness to you and, those around you.
We become rich in faith, love and goodness through serving God, our family and our fellow human being.
Humility, gratitude and faith are qualities that make this world a better place.


The Spirit of Giving

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Every human being has something to give.
And, every Christian has been given at least one spiritual gift by God to serve others.
The tradition of giving started the moment God gave humanity the Gift of His only Son, Jesus Christ.
The Three Wise Men came from the East following the bright Star of Bethlehem to acknowledge His Divinity by giving Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Gift giving conveys the spirit of Christmas as symbolic expressions of love, respect, gratitude, friendship.
Father Christmas (Santa Claus) symbolizes this spirit of gift giving - we identify him with Saint Nicholas, the Greek Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor with his good deeds and charitable gifts.
Give and Thou Shalt Receive
Gifts from the heart to those in need come in many forms and provides the opportunity to help others without expecting anything in return.
The joy of giving reaps spiritual blessings that fill the body, mind and soul with an inner, indescribable happiness.
Jesus said: "For if you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give - large or small - will be used to measure what is given back to you."
(TLB, Luke 6:38)


Virtue of Goodness

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The Spirit of Giving
*Goodness brings us closer to God.
*Goodness brings us closer to humanity.
Goodness make the world a better place.
Through humility, we Glorify God in all we do.
It is the root from which all good works and deeds flow - every good deed leaves the mark of goodness.
Goodness is "a virtue of love" that gives us empathy for our fellow human being.
Its compassionate nature touches and changes the lives of those they help for the better.
Their greatest reward in helping others is the joy that comes from deep within their heart.
That special feeling is God’s way of thanking them for making a difference in the world!


Love

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The Spirit of Giving
All people need to be loved.
Suffering humanity especially needs to experience love.
Love is one of our most basic and fundamental needs.
The spirit of giving is love.
In Corinthians 13:4-7, Saint Paul said that God's Greatest Gift to humanity, is love.
Jesus Christ was the embodiment of love (Matt. 22:37-40).
A giving heart expresses itself through God's Two Greatest Commandments.
Jesus said: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. ' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is 'Love your neighbor as yourself. ' All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
-1 Corinthians 13:13


God's Gift to Humanity

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The Spirit of Giving
God gave humanity the Gift of His only Son.
Jesus Christ came to serve and to give.
To serve and to give, without expecting anything in return, define Christian life.
*Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly.
*Whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
God's Laws of Life set us on our spiritual paths.
When we seek God, we find His Path to Righteousness.
When we study the Bible (God's Word) we find God our Creator and Jesus our Savior.
Then, we begin to put value where it is due - into the right people and the right places.


Glorifying God by Service

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The Spirit of Giving
James 4:6 says, "God gives Grace to the "humble".
A servant of God has their heart set on the acquisition of spiritual assets.
Jesus Christ, the Humble Servant, came to serve the poor, the sick and the oppressed.
Helping others is one of the values that make a difference in our community.
The selfless servant has the grace to know that they want to serve God and their fellow human being.
When we serve, we grow spiritually because the Presence of God is in our lives.
Through selfless service, we touch others' lives through our unique talents, personalities and abilities.
It brings us closer to God, our church, our family and to our fellow human being - they give value to people's lives.
That special feeling is God’s way of thanking them for making a difference in the world!
Never is life more noble than when we do things unto God.
God Blesses Those Who Serve Him Through Serving Others
Serving God Starts With Serving the Family
The family home should always have that sense of belonging.
Strong family bonds are forged in a happy home with loving, caring parents who teach their children from infancy, Christian values and virtues that ultimately bring every child closer to God.
And, thoughtful parents should be inspiring role models through what they say, do and live, to set their children on the path to becoming useful and responsible citizens of the future.

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Spirit of Christmas

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The Spirit of Giving
Christmas is the loveliest festival of the year that makes everything more beautiful with its wonderful traditions of gift giving and receiving, its beautiful Christmas Carols and the heart-warming family gatherings.
Christmas is indeed, the most joyous time of the year.
At Christmas, all roads lead home.
- Marjorie Holmes
Home is where the heart is with those you love at Christmas - it is about the bonds of family.
On Christmas morning, children will open beautifully wrapped gifts laid underneath the Christmas Tree that came with love.
And, in every kitchen, stoves and ovens are fired up as housewives and daughters prepare all the mouthwatering food that will be served on this special day.
On the beautifully decorated Christmas table, there may be traditional roasted meats like turkey, duck or goose, leg of ham and, mouth-watering accompaniments like seasonal vegetables and salads.
There may be Christmas pudding, enticing deserts and Christmas biscuits.
The festive Christmas table is sure to please, as we celebrate the spirit of Christmas, on this special day, the Birth of our dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Christmas is also about Father Christmas (Santa Claus) with his big bag of toys who arrives on a sleigh pulled by reindeer in the early hours of the morning to place presents for the children in Christmas stockings, by their beds or in front of the Christmas Tree.
For many children around the world, it is exciting because it is a time for gifts - and for the older, we become children again.
The Real Christmas Story
The real Christmas Story is found in the Holy Bible with the Birth of Jesus Christ in a humble stable in Bethlehem and surrounded by farm animals and shepherds.
So, to capture the richness of the festive season, the Birth of Jesus should be at the heart of the Christian celebration of Christmas.
More than 2000 years ago, a humble donkey carried our Blessed Virgin Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem to give Birth to the King of Kings in a humble stable in Bethlehem.
Jesus is the Son of God, Born on that first Christmas night over two thousand years ago marking the beginning of the Christian era.
As Christians, we must not lose sight of its Divine Origins because the real Christmas Story is found in the Holy Bible with the Birth of Jesus Christ.
The Birth of Jesus Marked the Beginning of the Christian Era.
Jesus came into this world in humility, simplicity and in poverty.
His Crib was an animal feeding trough.
"For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord".
(Luke 2:10, 11)
Humble shepherds and farm animals surrounded the Baby Jesus in that humble Stable.
The Three gentile (non-Jewish), Wise Men came from the east following the bright Star of Bethlehem.
They bowed before Him to acknowledge His Deity and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
The Birth Of Jesus Gave The World A Savior.
Jesus is the Good Shepherd Who came to shepherd God's people to greener pastures so we can inherit the Kingdom of God.

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