One person gives freely, yet gains more, another withholds what is right, only to become poor. A generous person will be enriched, and the one who gives a drink of water will receive water. Proverbs 11:24-25 HCSB
I can personally attest to the fact that it truly is more blessed to give than to receive. Over the years when I have been willing to give, even when I did not think I had the money or resources, I have always been blessed. Sometimes it has been monetarily, but more often I have been blessed because God has allowed me to be a part of His plan to bless someone else. I have also experienced times when I have not given because I did not think I had the resources, only to find that I had even less resources and struggled to make ends meet. It is important to learn God’s principle of giving.
God gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins. There is no greater gift than what God has given to us. We should have that same spirit of giving. When we have an opportunity to give and bless others we should do so as the Holy Spirit gives us direction. As we give we will be blessed and enriched in many different ways. To give generously means to give without expecting anything in return and without concern for personal blessings. To withhold what is right means to be stingy and to keep what could be given to someone in need.
Challenge: Look for a way to give of your time, talents, and resources to help someone this week. Would others consider you to be a generous person? The more you give, the more you will get. It may not be financially, but you will receive many blessings as you take your eyes off of yourself and focus on meeting the needs of others.