This blog today is about what giving means to me. I am hoping to open the portal to many hearts in regards to the special needs in our world. This blog is linked with Compassion in Jesus' name www.compassion.ca 20 days of giving. Please have a look at the Christmas catalog www.compassioncatalog.htm Giving is sharing of oneself. I know that giving is a gift from God. I think God has to work upon a person's heart to give without expectations.
If it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously,if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.(Romans 12:8)
Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.(2 Corinthians 9:7)
I know in today's world everyone is under pressure to survive, budgeting every penny. A lot of times we want to give but we hold back, thinking we can not, because we won't have enough. We can not give to receive, then there is no blessing in it for us. If Jesus was always reluctant to give, where would you and I be?
The taste of giving is sweet words pouring from the open jar of the heart. The sound of giving is like deep cords of the cello, which lightens the heart from heaviness. The feelings of giving is wrapped in a blanket with the flickering light of a candle on a rainy night. The colours of giving is the many different creeds and nations that our Lord has made to be apart of His family. So let us learn to give with warmth and love.
For God is the one who gives seed to the farmer and bread to eat. In the same way, he will give you many opportunities to do good, and He will produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes you will be enriched so that you can give even more generously. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will break out in thanksgiving to God.(1 Corinthians 9:10-11)