Someone has said, "The optimist says, the cup is half full. the pessimist says, the cup is half empty. The child of God says; My cup runneth over." Some gifts give rise to immediate joy but the joy fades with time. Other gifts seem to always remind us of when we first received it and the joy we had upon that occasion. The joy remains and in some cases increases through the years. The gift of Christ is of this nature. His presence and blessings grow more dear as the years go by.
Gift giving is often associated with joy. We certainly understand this from the view point of the recipient, but we can also experience the great joy of giving. Paul knew that his joy would be made complete if his fellow Christians were growing and made mature in the faith (Philippians 2:1-2). There should be joy in knowing that someone has received something beneficial. Certainly the most beneficial gift ever given is the gift of Christ. Our Father in heaven rejoices when those of His creation do the right thing. Zephaniah says of God, "He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy" (Zephaniah 3:17).
Christ has come to give us the very best of things, the abundant life (John 10:10). There is rejoicing in us and in heaven when Christ is followed (Philippians 4:4; Luke 15:10). "Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift" (II Corinthians 9:15).
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