Gentle

Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.

—Philippians 4:5

 

Everyone we meet should be able to say that we are gentle in our interactions with others.

Along with that, what if we could show all men that we were giving, empathetic, nurturing, trustworthy, loving and encouraging?

Wouldn’t that change some things?

 

G—-giving

E—-empathetic

N—-nurturing

T—-trustworthy

L—-Loving

E—-Encouraging

 

 

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Blessed to Give

“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how

He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
—Acts 20:35

Today, I took part in a car wash event to help raise funds to purchase medicine and other needs for a severely impoverished group of people. 

As the volunteer washers diligently cleaned cars in a busy parking lot, people were donating generously to the cause. 

Working together, all those involved were indeed helping the weak, giving of themselves as they felt Jesus would have them to. 

It was a great privilege to be a part of helping others in need—one car at a time. 

Cheerful

A cheerful giver.  What does that look like?

What kinds of things to cheerful givers give?

If it were not for God’s provision, we would have nothing to give. 

The blessings that we have are ours to give, whether tangible or not. 

We may cheerfully give money to someone in need or we may cheerfully give of our time to care for our families, our friends and even strangers. 

We may cheerfully give of our own material resources to help another. 

The Bible says,

“Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”

–2 Corinthians 9:7-8

If we desire to have a giving attitude, God will help us to be that way. 

Was there a time when someone gave cheerfully to you?

How did it make you feel?

Sacrifices

Don’t forget to do good things for others and to share what you have with them. These are the kinds of sacrifices that please God.
—Hebrews 13:16

My heart is full tonight.

Quite unexpectedly, I was given a gift as an expression of love. 

The gift was selfless and caring, and I knew that it took many, many hours of work to earn its purchase. 

So, what did I do when I received it? 

I cried. 

I hugged. 

I said, “I love you!”

The passage above from the book of Hebrews tells us to do good things for others and to share what we have with them. 

It also states that these are the kinds of sacrifices that please God. 

God Himself continues to do good things for us every day. 

He shares all of His creation with us. 

He gives us unconditional love and offers us forgiveness. 

He sent His Son, Jesus, to die as a sacrifice for our sins, so that all who believe could spend eternity with Him. 

Since God has done so much for me, I want to please Him and show my gratefulness and gratitude. 

I was shown love tonight. 

I think God was pleased with that act of love. 

God wants me to show love to others. 

This is just one way that I can please Him. 

Give

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Give, and it will be given to you.

A good measure,

pressed down,

shaken together

and running over,

will be poured into your lap.

For with the measure you use,

it will be measured to you.

—Luke 6:38

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A Cup of Cold Water

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Suppose that you lived during the time that Jesus was on the earth.

Suppose that you lived in an area where He visited.

Suppose that He came to your house one day and He was thirsty.

Do you suppose that your would have given Him a cup of water?

We live in the here and now.

Jesus is not physically with us on the earth.

There are a lot of other people here, though.

In fact, current records indicate the world population to be about 7 billion.

As a believer, when we do something for another person in need, it is as though we are doing it for Jesus–even if it is only giving water to someone who is thirsty.

And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones who is my disciple, truly I tell you, that person will certainly not lose their reward.

—Matthew 10:42

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Share What You Have

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It was a very lovely gathering in the outer foyer of the vintage theater.

Tables were decorated and food was prepared.

Soft background music floated through the air, adorning the laughter and conversation between family and friends.

A young lady was being honored at the event and several gifts for her had been placed on one side of the room.

The offerings from each guest were varied in size and shape.

At least one gift was hand made.

When we share with others, we show love.

When we give of what we have been given, we show love.

The writer of Hebrews tells us,

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”

—Hebrews 13:16

God notices when we give to others.

When we do good things.

When we share.

These things are pleasing to Him.

If I take a moment to think—

What gifts have been given to me lately?

What gifts of time, material items or service has God blessed me with through other people?

And finally, what gifts have I given lately?

What about you?

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