For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 6:23 NIV
According to Black’s Law Dictionary, a gift is a voluntary transfer of personal property without consideration. The Canada Revenue Agency states that a gift must be given freely, without a contractual or any other obligations. The Federal Court of Appeal in Bellingham v Canada stated that a gift must be a voluntary and gratuitous transfer of property. Thus, if a person transfers property to another, then it will only be a gift if the transfer is voluntary, made without an expectation of a reward, and not bound by any obligations.
We all love to get gifts. I don’t believe I’ve ever turned down a present in my life. Except maybe that one time somebody offered me a free liver and onions dinner. But ordinarily if someone wants to give me something, I’m happy to receive it. I do know that I have received the greatest gift ever offered a human being – the gift of eternal life. The apostle Paul speaks about this in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Sin has affected every human being – it is why death is one of only two certain things. God loves us, and doesn’t want any to go to an eternity separated from our Creator, so He provided a Redeemer – the Lord Jesus. Through His death and resurrection, eternal life is available to anyone who repents of their sin and turns in faith to Jesus. Eternal life is a gift – and a gift so valuable that we would never be able to afford it. It cost God the life of His Son. He is offering it to you right now. By faith receive Jesus.
These have been words from the heart.