Nature of Generosity

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Daily Reading: Job 31:1-33:33, 2 Cor. 3:1-18, Psalm 43:1-5, Proverbs 22:8-9

Daily Verse: “Whoever has a bountiful¬†eye will be blessed, for he¬†shares his bread with the poor.” Prov. 22:9

Nature of generosity.

People who exemplify generosity, giving to those in need and helping others experience the highest degree of self-fulfillment for one reason, selflessness. Instead of letting their selfishness rule, they put others first, just like God wants us to do.

“The easiest way to offend the dollar is to give it away,” said the Financial Peace University teacher during one of our first lessons on money management. Whenever I find myself in a situation where I can give or keep, I think of his words. Breaking the bond of the mighty dollar happens when we give it away.

Just like when I give my husband the last bite of an appetizer. Sharing pre-dinner snacks at home, we set the plate between us, nibbling and talking. Inevitably, one bite remains, and my husband always does the same thing; he looks at it and looks away, leaving it for me. Exercising generosity, I say, “You can have it.” Giving it away brings more satisfaction than hoarding it.

Practice generosity and experience the satisfaction that comes from giving to another. Replace selfishness with selflessness.

Lord, forgive us for our selfish natures. Help us become more generous with the blessings You give us. Prompt us to share when we want to keep. Please assist us in breaking the bondages that keep us from living life to the fullest. IJNIP. Amen

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