Saturday, April 7, 2012
Do you say thank you for your gifts?
" When He(God) bestows gifts on us He expects the recipients to take the time to understand and appreciate their value. When we do so we discover there are no hidden charges or ulterior motives. They are completely free and undeserved. And yet it would be a serious mistake to assume God expects nothing in return, because the purpose of all His gifts is to bring purpose to bring glory to Himself, because He is God. Whatever the gift, failure to give God the glory is a grievous sin ( Romans 1:21) Moreover all the ability that sinners need to give glory to God for His goodness and grace are given freely to those who He chooses
(1 Corinthians 10:31)"
This is a quote from Frank Allred's books Rediscovering God's Love (pp25 and 26), it is written in the context of discussing gifts - giving and receiving and our cultural responses.