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Living To Give

Living To Give

01 June 2009

Scripture:

25 The desires of lazy people will be their ruin, for their hands refuse to work. 26 They are always greedy for more, while the godly love to give! (Proverbs 21:25-26 NLT)

The Wise Teacher contrasts greedy people (The Desire To Acquire) with godly people (Loving and Living To Give).

Paul says, 9 For the commandments against adultery and murder and stealing and coveting—and any other commandment—are all summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to anyone, so love satisfies all of God’s requirements. (Romans 13:9-10 NLT)

There’s more involved in being a sinner than wanting what you don’t have, but greed is a big part of keeping the focus on self and off of God and others. It’s easy to allow my selfish nature to direct my attention to all the stuff I don’t have but feel like I really deserve.

When I love others from the heart, I find myself looking for creative and helpful ways of giving what I do have. It’s no good to say, “If I had a million dollars, I’d give some of it to help meet other people’s needs.” The important thing is that I give generously and creatively now out of what I have now.

Prayer:

Father, I want to give more generously out of what I have. I know you repay what I give to the poor. I know that giving is planting seed and there will be a harvest of the good seed I plant by giving to the needs of others. Help me get my focus off what I want and need and onto how I can give more generously and creatively out of what I have. Amen.

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