Novelist, journalist, and humorist Oren Arnold gives us these Christmas gift suggestions:
To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.
I dare say most people find the first gift is not always easy to wrap. After all, our feelings of distress and anger when offended are understandable, right? Not only are we entitled to these feelings, we are allowed the enjoyment of them, aren’t we? Besides, the wrongdoer doesn’t deserve this precious without-cost present for the crime of impolite or insulting behavior, wouldn’t you agree? Well, this is what popular opinion would have us believe. In reality, our feelings or so-called rights are not included in the forgiveness clause, our choices are (Matthew 6:14-15). Forgiveness is God’s perfect gift that allows us to have eternal life with Him and one He has commanded us to give to others, wrapped in love (1 John 5:11-12, Ephesians 4:31-32).