August 27, 2020 – James 1:16-18

Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of His own will, He brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures. James 1:16-18.

Every one loves to receive a gift.  But not all gifts are appreciated.  Our Father God created our universe with all kinds of gifts. Have you ever seen the wonder in the eyes of a child watching a butterfly? Or an older man who gazes on the ocean?   

God created us and the earth that surrounds us. He gives us gifts we cannot see.  Truth, Love, Peace, and Joy. God is unchangeable and trustworthy. The Word of God is another gift, God gave us.  He created us for a purpose.  He created us to love one another and sent His Son Jesus to give us an example of the sacrifice of Love.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6. 

O Lord, my Redeemer, hear as I plead with You.  Strengthen my will to listen to your Words of Love. Help me to not be angry and be a doer of Your Word.  Fill me with the desire for righteousness and peace. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.  Psalm 23:4a.

Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. James 1:19-20, 22.