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May 19, 2012

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What are God’s greatest gifts?

by Dave Malnes

The Bible talks about many gifts that are given to all people. They are described as gifts that go way beyond description. Many essential truths associated with the treasures of heaven go well beyond human reason. For this reason, Jesus used parables to help us grasp the depth of God’s love and the riches in store throughout the kingdom of heaven.

Even utilizing the word gift does not adequately describe the treasures that await those who place their trust in God, because associated with these gifts not only bring a depth of joy, but also sets a person free. What could these gifts be?

The Bible talks about two primary gifts that could be considered his greatest gifts to all mankind. They are:

  1. The forgiveness of sins
  2. The gift of the Holy Spirit

The forgiveness of sins can be considered one of God’s greatest gifts, because the end result is being in God’s presence forever in heaven. Plus, it’s through the Holy Spirit that we may receive the Truth and be preserved in the Truth to set one free.

To imagine that both of these are considered gifts is what makes it truly indescribable (2 Corinthians 9:15) and incomparable (Ephesians 2:8).walkinginthelight

Think about the word “gift” for a moment. In its purest sense, presenting a gift is prompted by love, appreciation, or even admiration. So, the act of giving a gift in its purest form means that nothing is expected in return except for a simple thank you or words of appreciation.

With this understanding, let’s apply the purest form of giving to help us understand God’s greatest gifts to us — the forgiveness of sins.

Extending forgiveness is a gift in of itself. For instance, we are told to forgive others. It’s one of those indescribable gifts that we extend forgiveness to those who have hurt us, even though many times that person doesn’t deserve it nor even asked for it. Forgiveness is a gift that we extend to another person.

However, in the power of extending forgiveness, we are the primary beneficiary. For in that act of forgiveness, we bury resentment and bitterness and receive peace in its place. But again, what prompts us to forgive?

It is love. 

Love prompts us to forgive, because its love that fulfills the law and obeys the command given us to forgive others. The act of forgiveness, prompted by love, is not following a law or a command, but an act of love.

Even the Apostle Peter requested a law for forgiveness.

He asked Jesus, “Should I forgive seven times?”  “No,” Jesus answered, “but seventy-seven times.” Something thought possible by Peter was deemed impossible. If there was a law associated with forgiveness than it would be impossible to fulfill, because only love fulfills the law — not our actions.

It was love that prompted Christ to die on the cross and by so doing, fulfill the law.

The Apostle Paul mentions how easy it is to lay down your life for a friend. Yet, how difficult would it be to lay down your life for someone who is undeserving, unworthy, or unrepentant? By their own words and actions, they would disqualify themselves from receiving any type of gift — whether it’s sacrificing one’s life or even extending forgiveness. For these reason, God’s love is described as incomparable. It is a love that stretches beyond direction — as far as the east is from the west. It is a love that is unfathomable because it goes beyond the depth of our understanding. So much so, that God’s forgiveness even extends to the unworthy.

Forgiveness is a gift. Grace is a gift. All made possible by an act of love that carried Christ to the cross. In that one act, forgiveness is extended to all people.

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12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Jeremiah
    May 19 2012

    nice teaching on forgiveness as a gift

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    • merganzerman
      May 19 2012

      Thanks for the comment. It’s tough for our human minds to comprehend such a gift.

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  2. Jun 1 2012

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  3. Rajesh Chokhani
    Sep 2 2012

    Splendid work.It is really a good documentary & no doubt forgiveness is a great gift.

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    • Dave Malnes
      Sep 3 2012

      Thank you for your comment and encouragement.

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  4. Mar 10 2013

    Amen and Amen.

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  5. Oct 24 2014

    Your post has truly enlightened me. I agree with you that God’s forgiveness is very much a concept that we as humans have difficulty understanding, and because of that we treat our walk the wrong way. But His mercy is an irreplaceable gift that empowers His children to live in the light.

    Thank you for sharing these deep thoughts and powerful Scriptures. I look forward to reading more of your work.

    In Christ,
    Katrina

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    • Oct 24 2014

      Thank you very much for the comment, Katrina. God’s free forgiveness is His greatest gift.

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  6. Opeyemi
    Jan 13 2015

    No one receives anything from God except it has freely been given by God, the grace received through Christ is a gift of God to mankind or race. I am truly blessed to read through this site also it is quite good to come to the realization of God’s gift and knowing what God has given to us through Christ. the Lord is our strength God bless you real good

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  7. hallucin8
    Jan 21 2015

    Very nice, greatest gift i received is my life, to be here and now and to see what happens tomorrow. That you God for everything and at the end before i leave this earth i will thank you again for everything.

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  8. Jesse lopez
    Apr 13 2017

    Don ‘t you think that one of god’s greatest gift to humanity is the gift of free will? He doesn’t want puppets or He’s not going to wave a magic wand over us and “poof” you’re a child of God. He wants us to come to Him willingly.

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    • Apr 13 2017

      That is a great question, Jesse. It’s true that God, in his wisdom, provided all of us with free will to either receive Christ by faith or reject Him. Because of this, I believe God’s grace is his greatest gift. Out of his amazing love for us, he sacrificed his only Son so that we may receive His grace, His perfection, His worthiness right now. All because of what Christ has already done for us. Having Christ as the complete object of our faith is what gives us peace, assurance, and confidence that we are right with God. We trust in Christ’s work on our behalf instead of our own. This takes the focus entirely off of us and all on God. Trusting in his promises is what prompts us to follow Him — and by remaining in Christ, we willingly come to him with our offerings of prayer and service. What an amazing God and what an amazing gift he gives us!

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