It’s the holiday season. A wonderful time of the year for many of us to enjoy the Christmas carols, home baked cookies, and all of the magnificent displays. I have always felt excitement from the Thanksgiving holiday until the end of January. This year, I am especially enthusiastic, because I am crocheting handmade gifts, and making ornaments.
By nature, I am a giver and do not expect anything in return. (I am certain that the innate traits of giving and nurturing were responsible for my career choice in becoming a nurse). However, it is rare that individuals can process and accept a free gift. We have evolved into a cynical society that questions the act of doing good. “Free?…What do I have to do?…There must be a catch.” I admit that the question of an ulterior motive also crosses my mind when I am offered something for free.
Regardless of the gifts we receive during this season, none can compare to the free gift of God’s grace. The simple act of believing makes us the receiver of salvation. The exciting part is that we do not have to wait for a designated holiday season. Grace is extended to us on a daily basis. Love is the motive behind this wonderful gift. Thank you God for loving us and gift wrapping our lives with your never-ending grace. Sonya Johnson Ruiz
God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. Ephesians 2:8,9 NLT