Tuesday, June 24, 2014

THE DISCIPLINE OF GIVING

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Luke 6:38 (KJV)

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

The Lord teaches us believers to be givers because giving has a way liberating us from the yoke of mammon. Giving actually breaks the power of greed over our lives (this power hinders us from receiving more from God). God is a giver by nature, and He expects us to be givers like Him, and on His own terms. Matthew 5:42 (KJV) “Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away”. This is Christ’s instruction explaining what sort of attitude He wants us to exhibit in terms of giving. Giving is a discipline because it involves some form of self-sacrifice. We are not supposed to be stingy. (Matthew 10:8 KJV) “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” Whatever we have now was freely given to us, from our soul salvation, to all the blessings and benefits of the kingdom of God. Therefore our Father expects that we show similar benevolence to others as we introduce the kingdom to them. There is actually a blessing in giving, because in the kingdom of God, it is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:35). In the kingdom of God, we receive by giving magnanimously.

Go into today with a renewed zeal to give more.

Prayer: Dear heavenly father, I thank you for giving me your son Jesus Christ. I pray you help me be like you and freely give the things that I have received. I pray this in Jesus name. Amen.

By Otuokon, Ubokudom

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