Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Giving Tree

Picture title: 'The Giving Trees' by Unknown
Jesus Christ said, “Give as freely as you have received” (Matthew 10:8, NLT). Paul quoted Jesus as saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). The principle of generous-giving here, as I understand it, is that we never lose by giving – we can only gain. To cynics that may sound strange, but it works. As we give of ourselves to others, we produce a giving-attitude and model for others. Giving also produce better relationships. Giving makes the Golden Rules – “Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you” (Matthew 7:12) – a practical way of life.

I understand, by nature, however, most of us would prefer not to give. Deep inside my heart and mind, I’m reluctant and never desire to give. But the Holy Spirit that works in me gives me joy and the desire to “freely give.” That joy is the first blessing that one will receive in return. Now realize this, we usually learn generosity because someone has (first) shown us by example. Jesus Himself has shown us first what the generosity of God means is on the cross and in His divine providence. Now He asks us to do the same. It always works like this: we have been helped by a benefactor, a friend, a teacher, coworker, or boss, – and want to do likewise for another.

Do you want to be the example of giving for others to follow?
Do you want to be - for God - the giving tree?
Go for it-lah!
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