What influence should the gifts of God have upon our hearts!
(George Lawson, "A Practical Exposition of the Book of Proverbs" 1821)
"The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord!" Romans 6:23
Gifts have a very strong influence in gaining love. They are like precious stones in the eyes of those who receive them, charming their eyes, and powerfully turning their affections to the giver. The influence of gifts is almost universal, for they work upon the heart of the wise and the benevolent, as well as of the foolish and selfish.
What influence should the gifts of God have upon our hearts! They are more numerous than the hairs upon our head, and far more precious than pearls and diamonds! Surely they must have a constraining influence upon every heart that is not harder than the nether millstone.
"Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good." Titus 2:13-14
"Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15