Character Is Giving… “She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20
The poor and needy may be down the street, across town or overseas, but many of them sit in silence wondering what it might be like to feel loved and cared for. Perhaps you have a family member or ex-employee who is struggling in their job search. They cannot make ends meet and they feel like they have exhausted all their options. Is God calling you to step up and send them some money or connect them to a job opportunity?
It takes time to give others prayer, counsel and financial encouragement. Most people do not want to be a burden, and because of our love for them, we can assure them of the blessing they are to us and the privilege it is to serve them. Is there a better way to get God’s message before people than an act of giving? Because He has given so generously to us, we are able to extend that same spirit of abundant giving to others. Do you have a Certificate of Deposit that is about to mature? Could it bless a friend who needs a car, or college tuition?
The Lord has opened His arms wide to give you everything you need in Christ Jesus. “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace” (Psalm 29:11). Therefore, how can you leverage His strength and His peace to bless others? Could it be a kind word, an anonymous check or a ride to the doctor? Maybe you give your car away, tutor a child or run for public office?
Look for ways to give and God will open opportunities that can lead others to His great love and provision. What are some creative ways I can open my home and/or go to the homes of the poor and needy on behalf of Jesus? “And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward” (Matthew 10:42). Am I a disciple of Christ that gives to the least of these?
What did I learn from the Lord in today’s Bible reading?
How will I respond?
February 28, 2021
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February 27, 2021
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February 26, 2021
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