Friday, March 25, 2016

R.E.A.L. Women - Gift With Purchase

This week I worked at the Clinique counter as it was their first week of "gift with purchase." Interestingly enough, it was amazing at the nature of the average person. Most were grateful for their gift, but many were either ungrateful (not happy with the colors or creams) or they were greedy and wanted more free stuff along with their gift.

Today is a day we reflect on the one priceless "gift wi
th purchase" that we did not pay for, but was paid by Jesus because he loved us so much (1 John 3:16). A gift that cost more than anyone could ever pay in this world. Yet, many reject this gift, many are unappreciative of this gift or maybe grateful for the gift, but have put it in the cupboard and forgotten about it.

If you don't even know about this "gift with purchase," it is available right now for you. God loved you so much, that he sent Jesus, perfect in all his ways, to this earth to give his life for you (John 3:16). Don't pass this gift of eternal life up. Ask God to forgive you for everything you've done. There is nothing too great that He won't forgive! "If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9. Make this Good Friday your eternal birthday.

In the mean time, If you have received the gift of salvation, take some time today to reflect on how precious it is. How nothing in this world has more value than the blood that was shed for our sinfulness (Isaiah 53). Give thanks that you have received it for free and that you did not have to pay for it yourself! Not only have you been given eternal life, but Jesus said in John 10:10, "I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." This is the only "gift with purchase" that will change your life!

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