It's December and this is a season which is characterized by gifts-giving. In all we do, we're seeking to show those we care about how much we love them by offering them something beautiful. What really matters is not only the gift but the heart with which you give the gift. The first thing about your heart is "you want them to know how much you care". You are not wrong, our Heavenly Father is the perfect giver. In His perfect generousity, He gave us His only Begotten Son Jesus Christ; a perfect gift for all time. The Man of God, His excellency Dr. Shawn Smith has this wonderful explanation to give regarding John 3:16, "The phrase 'God so loved the world' reveals the intensity with which God loves and affectionately cares for the human race.. The love of our Father is at the same time universal and particular, all-inclusive and personal. He includes everyone in His love and excludes no one. In thislight, what does the phrase "believeth in Him" here refer to in connection to believing in Jesus? ...It is believing that the Father so loved you that He included you in the unbroken fellowship that He has with His Son Jesus Christ. When you believe this, that the Father has unconditionally loved you and has included you in the living communion He shares with His Son, you will experience the imperishable Life". God has reconciled us to Himself in the saving work of His Son, thus ending His wrath through reconciliation (Romans 5:1). We did nothing to obtain salvation, it was God's gift to us. Christ assumed the cost of this sacrificial love for us and made us perfectly fit to receive it freely (Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:16).
The gift of salvation in Christ Jesus our Savior is extremely free and perfect; God was motivated by perfect kindness where He treats with us as if He was treating with Himself. It's important to know that the calibre of the gift reflects the giver; this gift of Jesus Christ to us and as us extremely free and will always be. Salvation being free doesn't mean it's cheap; it simply means it's priceless. You cannot earn it, neither can you work it. It cannot be merited by human performance it is by grace through faith in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 5:15, John 4:10, Acts 8: 17-20). In Christ we have received so many gifts; salvation, Eternal life, the gift of speaking in tongues, our oneness with Christ and more. All these gifts are irrevocable and originate from God. Thanks to the Holy Spirit who has come to bring us to the experience of all that is ours in Christ and all He died for. He also gives us assurance of all these things. God is so good, because all of these are gifts.