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How to help people (4)

January 24, 2018

“Who, seeing Peter and John…asked for alms.”  Ac 3:3 NKJV

 

Peter and John were willing to let the lame man at the temple gate interrupt their plans, and maybe make them late for “the hour of prayer”—which raises an important point. Is it possible to be so busy with religious activities that you don’t take time for people who are hurting? Selfishness is one of the easiest sins to commit, because when you’re busy, you’re unaware of committing it. Paul describes Jesus as “the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20). It seems counterintuitive, but Jesus taught that we’re more blessed when we give than when we receive. Giving fuels us; withholding drains us. Giving requires energy, and that’s not always easy, especially in stressful situations. Motivational speaker Trudy Metzger, who had an abusive childhood, became a giver in adulthood. However, she still finds it difficult to maintain the mind-set of a giver when dealing with some of the people from her past. She admits to becoming defensive and trying to control the situation if she feels vulnerable. And when that happens, she goes from being a giver to being a taker. She writes: “While giving requires energy, I have to say that the situations where I become a taker leave me completely drained and ‘dead’ inside. To be a giver brings life—like watering a plant so that it grows—but to be a taker is like sucking the water and the nutrients from the soil, leaving both the plant and the soil depleted and useless.” Being a giver is a win-win. It helps others, plus it energizes and fills you with joy.

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account_circle C Wilson

Paul seeks to encourage the Corinthians to do likewise, explaining: “The point is this --- whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Luke 6:38 says ---- Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. Throughout my childhood, I was thought to give and help others, that being ingrained in me from a tender age has always stayed with me. So I love to give and help others.Can you imagine what would have happened to us if God was not giving to us on a daily basis, whatever needs that we need to be met, His grace, and His many blessings? Give and let it be from your heart!

account_circle Vimbai Mutsvedu

i am growing up spiritually . thank you

account_circle Vimbai Mutsvedu

Oh, thank you so much for this encouragement. i will take the word and change my attitude towards giving