Being Generous Brings Blessings

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Proverbs 11:17-28 (NIV)

17 Those who are kind benefit themselves,
    but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

18 A wicked person earns deceptive wages,
    but the one who sows righteousness reaps a sure reward.

19 Truly the righteous attain life,
    but whoever pursues evil finds death.

20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse,
    but he delights in those whose ways are blameless.

21 Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
    but those who are righteous will go free.

22 Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout
    is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.

23 The desire of the righteous ends only in good,
    but the hope of the wicked only in wrath.

24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
    another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

25 A generous person will prosper;
    whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

26 People curse the one who hoards grain,
    but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell.

27 Whoever seeks good finds favor,
    but evil comes to one who searches for it.

28 Those who trust in their riches will fall,
    but the righteous will thrive like a green leaf.

This passage presents a contrasting picture of right and wrong, good and evil, generosity and stinginess.  Generosity is clearly aligned with righteousness and kindness.

One in every six verses in the first three Gospels wither directly or indirectly relates to money and how we handle it.

Sixteen of Jesus’ 44 parables (more than a third) deal with the use or misuse of money.  Our joyful giving to others is a measure of our gratitude and obedience to the Lord.  What we spend our money on is a pretty clear indicator of where our hearts are.

There is a BIG bonus when it comes to living a life of generosity.  The bonus is that God often blesses us when we bless others.

Randy Alcorn said, “God doesn’t make us rich so we can indulge ourselves and spoil our children…God gives us abundant material blessing so that we can give it away, and give it generously.”  I couldn’t agree more.  But agreeing with something and doing it is a completely different mater.

A recent magazine article told the story of a church in South Dakota, and its project called “Pass it Forward.”  Once a month, a church family receives an envelope in the mail with a small amount of cash inside.  They are to find someone in need and use the money to help or encourage others.  It’s not the amount of money, but the generosity, and often the hope or joy, that such an unexpected blessing brings when someone is surprised by our gifts.

Be prayerful and creative in your generosity.  Give an anonymous cash gift to a family in need.  Pay for a policeman’s or soldier’s meal. But some groceries for a single mom.  Write off the debt of a friend who’s struggling.  Generosity isn’t always measured in dollars and cents, but it reflects our gratitude and obedience to God.

Can you recall a time when you were blessed by someone’s generosity?

What are some ways you could show generosity to others in the coming week?

I want to challenge each of us to find some way that we can give generously to someone in need.  Even a small gift of love can have a profound impact on someone’s life.  And that simple act can have a profound impact on your soul.  I am a firm believer that it is impossible to be sad and depressed when you are doing something kind for another person.  Generosity is the cheapest antidepressant you will ever find.

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About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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