Language #4: Receiving Gifts
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
One of the ways people feel loved is through the receiving of gifts. One of the highlights for me at Christmas was watching our children open their gifts from us. I loved seeing their expressions of joy upon receiving their gift, not just opening their gift. You can sense that they felt loved by their parents as they took the package in their little hands.
I now get to experience it all over again with our grandchildren. Sometimes, I just give them a random gift. They are always so thankful and give me a warm hug that says “Thank you, Grandpa for loving me”.
I think almost everyone feels special and cared for when they receive a gift from someone. It may not be their primary love language, but the receiving of gifts speaks of love to just about everyone.
When my daughters gave me a ticket to the Super Bowl, I knew that they did so because they loved me. It was an expression of love and I received it as such.
God showed His great love for us by sending His only Son into this world to die for our sins. As it says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” God gave His Son to us. Jesus was a gift of love. God expressed His love for us through the giving of a gift.
God intends us to know and feel loved when we realize what Jesus did for us and accept Him as our Lord and Savior. Jesus said, “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friend” John 15:13. It is apparent that Jesus wants us to know we are loved by the price He paid to express His love for us and secure our salvation.
Through Jesus’ example, we learn that the greatest gift we can ever give or receive is the gift of self. Perhaps, the best gift you can give to someone whose love language is the receiving of gift is the gift of giving yourself.
Something to think about…