Summary: One of the Christmas lessons must be GIVING!
REAL LOVE REALLY GIVES
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I am thinking about giving!
What is giving and what does giving show? What does not giving show?
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that HE gave His only begotten son, that whosoever
believeth in HIM should not perish, but have everlasting life.
2 Cor. 9:7 EVERY ONE ACCORDING AS THEY PURPOSETH IN THEIR HEART,
SO LET HIM GIVE: NOT GRUDGINGLY, OR OF NECESSITY: FOR GOD LOVETH THE
How much does God love us?
SO LOVED, this means the concept of a great magnitude of LOVE.
So indicates or suggest to the great extent or great degree.
God so loved that He gave, SO describes God’s love to the Nth degree.
God knew the day the acorn seed, (or whatever kind of tree seed used for the cross) fell
to the ground ... and God blessed that little seed and sent it rain and sunshine and watched
that tree grow ... I can’t understand a love like that.
If I knew this seed’s growth would bring death to my son, I would hide it is some dry,
dark hole and never let it germinate to grow.
THREE TREES (Unknown)
Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing
their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, "Someday I hope to be a
treasure chest. I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I
could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty."
Then the second tree said, "Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take
kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world.
Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull."
Finally the third tree said, "I want to grow to be the tallest and
straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and
look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to
them I am reaching. And I will be the greatest tree of all time and people
will always remember me."
After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of
woodsmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, "This
looks like a strong tree, think I should be able to sell the wood to a
carpenter," and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew
that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree a woodsman said, "This looks like a strong tree, I should
be able to sell it to the shipyard." The second tree was happy because he
knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.
When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was very frightened
because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true.
One of the woodsmen said, "This looks like a good sturdy tree. I don’t have
anything in mind for it, but it should serve someone well enough," and he cut
When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box
for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay. This was not
at all what he had prayed for. The second tree was delivered to the shipyard
and was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty
ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large
pieces and left alone in the dark.
The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.
Then one day, a man and women came to the barn. That night the woman gave
birth. There was no place to rest the tiny infant but the feed box that was
made from the first tree. And so they placed the baby on the soft hay which
the feed box held. The man, a carpenter himself, wished that he could have
made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tree could
feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest
treasure of all time.
Years later, a group of men got into the fishing boat made from the second
tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the
water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to
keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said
"peace" and the storm stopped. At that moment, the tree knew that it had