Christmas season is the time of giving. Everywhere we turn there is opportunity to give during the holidays. Salvation Army Bell Ringers are out in full force, Angel Tree children await food, gifts, and clothing. Food banks and shelters desperately need donations and gifts. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation , the list of amazing charities needing us to give goes on and on. And with the recent fires in California so many have lost everything and need donations. God calls us, in Deuteronomy 16:17, “to give as we are able according to the blessing of the Lord your God that he has given you.”
This is also a wonderful time to share God’s Good News of giving with our children and grandchildren. Showing them ways to give back not only begins to instill in them God’s message but also allows them the opportunity to give back themselves and to reap the eternal blessings that come with giving.
As families this Christmas season, we can work together to give confidently, generously, and joyfully not only with our monetary giving but with our time and talents.
Here are three more Bible Verses to share with our children and grandchildren not only during the Christmas season but year round about the importance of giving back the blessing we receive from Jesus.
Malachi 3:10: “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
Show our children that when we give confidently God provides.
Proverbs 12:14: “From the fruit of their lips people are filled with good things,
and the work of their hands brings them reward.”
Give with your time and talents, and there will be a Heavenly reward.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7: “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Giving what you can joyfully pleases God.
Where will you give this season friend? Will you choose to give of your time, talents, material blessings? What charity will you choose to support? And remember, so many charities need help throughout the year, such as our local food banks. Let’s give of ourselves this Christmas season as Christ gave for us.
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