"To Him who loves us, and released us from our sins..."

-Revelation 1:5

Americans carry an enormous amount of personal debt. The coming Christmas season will no doubt add to that. When the Lord said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" I am sure He wasn't referring to accumulating personal debt. We find joy in giving gifts at Christmas. Gifts to play with, gifts to entertain, gifts that are often in the trash or on the curb within a year. God is the giver of many gifts, but as believers, we are to focus on one gift. A gift not to play with or to entertain or that will need to be discarded in the coming years. If one receives it by faith, this gift brings love, joy, and peace that goes far beyond Christmas Day, right into eternity. This gift even takes care of one's debt. Not the debt of your credit cards or banknotes but the debt of sin. For we read in Scripture, "... He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt... having nailed it to the cross." No wonder God's gift of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, is declared in the Scripture as an "indescribable gift." So, in Christ have a debt free Christmas. Be encouraged!

Scripture References: Revelation 1:5; Acts 20:35 Colossians 2: 13, 14; 2nd Corinthians 9:15