THE BEST GIFT EVER 1 Peter 3:8-16
Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. (v15)
At a winter retreat in northern New England, one of the men asked the question, “What was your favourite Christ gift?”
One athletic man seemed eager to answer. “That’s easy,” he said, glancing at his friend next to time. “A few years back, I finished college thinking I was a sure bet to play professional football. When it didn’t happen, I was angry. Bitterness ate at me, and I shared that bitterness with anyone who tried to help me.”
“On the second Christmas – and second season without football – I went to a Christmas play at this guy’s church.” He said, gesturing toward his friend. “Not because I wanted Jesus, but just to see my nice in her Christmas pageant. It’s hard to describe what happened because it sounds silly, but right in the middle of that kid’s play, I felt like I needed to be with those shepherds and angels meeting Jesus. When that crowd finished singing” silent Night” I just sat there weeping. “I got my best Christmas present ever that very night.” He said, again pointing to his friend. “When this guy sent his family home without him so he could tell me how to meet Jesus” It was then that his friend piped up.” And that, guys, was my best Christmas present ever.”
PRAYER LINE: May the joyful simplicity of the story of Jesus’ birth be the story we tell to others.
The best Christmas gift is Jesus bringing peace and forgiveness to others.