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To many people these gifts come in the form of an object, toy or money. There are greater gifts by far that surpass anything we can buy for our children. One of those truly great gifts is natural gladness of heart. A person once noted that gladness of heart is to the soul what healthy is to the body and what sanity is to the mind. It is the test of normalcy. Gladness of heart cannot be purchased, but it can be passed on by example and by teaching correct values.
Paul noted that Jesus had filled the hearts of the believers with food and gladness (Acts 14:17 Acts 14:17Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
American King James Version×). Gladness is born by learning to be content with the life we have while we are also striving to improve ourselves and preparing for eternal life. It was one of the greatest gifts God gave to Christ that Jesus passes on to us. Paul wrote that God anointed Jesus with the oil of gladness (Hebrews 1:9 Hebrews 1:9You have loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows.
American King James Version×). May that oil flow over you in great abundance and be seen to all in that which you do (Isaiah 61:1-3 Isaiah 61:1-3  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is on me; because the LORD has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;  To appoint to them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.
American King James Version×).