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1024th -- The Best Gifts


It is important that we lead our lives with love. Love should be the
centerpiece of our existence. Our main goal and purpose in life is to
love God with all of our heart, mind and soul and to love our neighbor as
ourselves. These are the two commandments that the Lord Jesus Christ said
all of the laws lay upon. When we carry ourselves with love, we are
magnifying outwardly who we are inwardly. The loving acts that we bestow
upon our family, friends and acquaintances will be remembered and thought
upon long after they are done. What we should always keep in mind is that
we will be remembered for how we treated those around us. What we did for
them, how we made them feel, how much attention we paid to them, etc. are
the things that will be thought upon when our name comes into remembrance.

Let us remember to deal kindly with all people. Let our acts, deeds, 
words and gestures be positive, uplifting, encouraging and most importantly
loving. When we do our best to be a blessing, we are not only helping 
others to become better, but we also become better. Our hearts overflow 
with love because of the love that we imparted upon someone else. We must
remember that God brings back to us whatever we give out. When we impart
love and good will, those same blessings come back and overtake our own 
life. Knowing that the good things that we do continue to have a ripple 
effect, let us never cease from being a blessing when we have the 
opportunity. There is no greater joy than in knowing that your life was 
used in a positive, uplifting and encouraging way to impact someone who 
was in your path. (Matthew 22:37-40) (Matthew 10:8) (Galatians 6:7-10)

I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see how impactful
our loving acts and deeds are upon those near and dear to our hearts.


I had yet another birthday recently. It is strange how they keep popping 
up year after year. They must come from the same place as the grey hairs 
and wrinkles, because each year I seem to have more of them too. Still, as
my body gets older and older my soul seems to get younger and younger, so
I don’t mind celebrating a birthday now and then.

For some reason this one seemed especially good. It may have been the
chocolate cake and chocolate chip ice cream that made both my face and my
stomach smile. It may have been the good natured teasing and hugs I got. 
It may have been seeing that childlike sparkle in my grown children’s eyes
when they gave me my gifts. It may have even been the thoughtful gifts 
themselves picked out with such care. I think most of all, though, it was
the gifts behind the gifts that filled my day with so much joy. You see, 
each gift was filled with the love of the person who gave it. Each gift 
was a package of love delivered from their heart to mine and each gift 
made my own love burn brighter.

The more birthdays I celebrate in this life, the more I see that love is 
really the only thing that matters. The parties you have, presents you 
get, or years you age aren’t important. All that counts is how much love 
you choose, share, and give in this world, because love itself is the 
greatest gift there is.

God in His loving wisdom has given each of us the two best gifts we can 
ever get: a life to live and the love to live it with. Let’s not waste 
them. Let’s not put them on a shelf and ignore them. Let’s use them 
instead. Let’s fill each of our birthdays and all the days in between with
loving others, helping others, giving to others, teaching others, and 
sharing joy with others. Let’s truly enjoy these gifts God gives us from 
our first breath until our last sigh.

By Joseph J. Mazzella

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Romans 12:9-10 “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is 
evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another 
with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.”

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 “Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth 
not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself 
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; 
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, 
believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Charity 
never faileth...”

1 John 3:16-19 “Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down
His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But
whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth
up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? 
My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed
and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure
our hearts before Him.”

1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved 
us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God
so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at 
any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is 
perfected in us.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: EIGHT GIFTS THAT DON'T COST
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem135.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: THE SPARROW
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony56.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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