God only gives what is good and perfect

 “Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”  (James 1:16-18)

God only gives what is good and perfect. He does not send us “spiritual gifts” that cause us to sin and deceive others. If you regularly deceive others or feed your lusts through what you think are spiritual gifts, than these so called gifts are not from God. God’s gifts are accompanied by truth and light. They expose evil. God’s truth does not change like “shifting shadows.”

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2 Responses to God only gives what is good and perfect

  1. ws141 says:

    I don’t understand. Where’s the absolute “only” found in the verse? I always thought everything comes from the Almighty.

  2. schildan10 says:

    It is strongly implied, since “God does not change like the shifting shadows” therefore neither do His gifts.

    God is not responsible for everything people do. The previous verses point this out:

    “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” (James 1:13-15)

    We must not blame our sins on God, since God is more than willing to heal us and forgive us for our sins when we repent.

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