The 5 Love Languages (Acts of Service)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
We see that the last love language but certainly not least is the most difficult of all for some and often expected for most. The language of Receiving Gifts is a language that many people often overlook and see as un-important. I caution everyone reading this devotional that don’t have this language on their radar to learn to speak and interpret it proficiently.
The Receiving Gifts or (RG) is the type of person whom ties special feelings, emotions and sentiment to a tangible object or gift. The RG takes great pride in giving gifts to others. They also set their own bar high when it comes to giving gifts. This means that they will put a great deal of thought into the gift that they give to another. They will often research the receiver’s likes and dislikes in order to give that perfect gift. To the RG the gift isn’t as important as the reactions from which they get from the other person who has received the gift. Incidentally, it is this high bar that will sometimes set the RG up for disappointment in the area of receiving gifts. The RG will expect the other person to act in the same manner as they do when it comes to researching the receiver’s likes and dislikes. So, in the RG’s mind, they “know” that this special and awesome gift is coming to them and they prepare their hearts to receive this amazing gift. However, when the giver of the gift, doesn’t meet their expectations established internally it can cause disappointment.
RGs love simple tangible gestures of love to include: flowers, special occasion cards, just because gifts, gift cards, handmade gifts and hand written letters. The more thought that is put into the gift, the special it is to the RG. When an RG receives a bad gift or no gift at all it makes them feel unloved and under appreciated. Some RGs take great pride in the gift’s appearance while others could care less about it’s appearance. The fact remains that the gift is the most important part. Are you an RG?
Apostle Paul indicated in our text that we “…present ourselves a living sacrifice unto God…” because we see in Deuteronomy 4:24 “For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.” God wants us to give ourselves as gifts to Him and no one else. If we do not we make Him jealous or angry. God has made us and not we ourselves as recorded in Psalm 100. In like manner the RG can become very jealous of the gifts that others receive when they do not receive thoughtful gifts. Here are a few ways to learn the language of the RG:
- Plan Well In Advance
The RG will appreciate that you have started early to search for the perfect gift for them to show your appreciation. Too often many men/women will fail to plan on this gift presentation and get a last minute gift or worse yet a vanilla gift. They may get lucky but too often their efforts come across as pathetic and rushed. Plan in advance for shipping time and any other factor that may delay the arrival of the gift.
2. Listen For Clues
Sometimes the RG will throw out subtile clues that alert you to things that they may want. They might sound like “I would love to have …” or “I would like this for …” better yet “Can I get…”. When they drop these clues, they are throwing you a huge meatball pitch for you to hit it out of the park. Do you pick up on these clues?
Jesus wants us to give ourselves to Him without any issues or delay. When we begin to surrender ourselves to Jesus we begin to learn a love that we never knew existed. He begins to show us a side of Him that many others on the planet will never ever know because we have given ourselves. Are you an RG? Do you know an RG? Remind them that the most important gift that they can give is themselves to our Lord. In tomorrow’s devotional we will see what God’s love language is and see why He loves in that way. Join us again as we address real life issues with biblical answers on Worship With Willie.