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October 1

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  God's Good Gift

"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!" (Matthew 7:11)

     In this sentence, Jesus acknowledged the inherent sinfulness of the human heart plainly called us "evil."He knew the truth of Jeremiah 17:9: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" Yet Jesus also knew why He was sent into this world. Because of Him there is still God's grace offered to all of us in this world. There is some goodness deep within most of us. You can see it in parents, how they naturally care for their children and meet their needs. 
     That's God's primary point in sending Jesus, He cares for us. If we, fallen humanity, want to care for our children and give them good things, how much greater is God's desire to care for us? He is the perfect, sinless, eternal, infinite Father-our Abba Father.
     But there is a deeper point in this as well. As followers of Christ, we should realize the urgency of meeting our children's needs and giving them what is best. They are God's blessing to us, and they need all the patience, prayers, and Bible verses we can give them. 
     Each and every day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. May it always be to bring glory to the One who went all the way to the cross that we might "Know Him!" God's one great and good gift to all men everywhere was His Son, Jesus Christ!


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