He who is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward him for what he has done. Proverbs 19:17 (NIV)
Kind And Generous
Would you say that I have been generous to you? Have I richly blessed your life? There is no question that you have been generous to me. You have certainly richly blessed my life. There is no doubt about that. I am grateful and thankful for your generosity and blessings. It pleases me that you are aware and thankful and grateful for my generosity and rich blessings in your life. I do have a few questions for you. Go ahead, I’m listening. How are you using my generosity and blessings? What do you think I would like to see you doing with my generosity and blessings? What would be a foolish or a wise use of my generosity and blessings? Those are some very good questions. Do you have some very good answers? You tell me. I will, after you answer my questions. I know a few things for certain. What’s that? You did not intend that I would tight fistedly hold on to all that you have given to me. Doing so would be very a foolish and unwise use of all that you have given to me. Why is that? First, I brought nothing of material value into this world and I will take nothing of material value out of this world. I am only a temporary custodial of all that you have given to me. That is correct. Second, you have richly blessed my life so I can be a rich blessing in the lives of others. That is also true. How will you be a rich blessing in the lives of others? I will be kind to the poor and generous to those who are in need. This has always been a part of your plan in accomplishing your purposes through my life. Yes, it has been and will continue to be a part of my plan for your life.
How will your being kind to the poor and generous toward those who are in need accomplish my plans and purposes in the world? You want others to come to know and love and follow and serve you. You want others to one day come to live forever in heaven with you. You want others to turn away from their sinful life in the world to live the new life of salvation you have for them. When I am kind to the poor by being generous to those in need, they will see your love, living in and through me. I will be a bright and shining witness for you in the darkness of this world. By being kind and generous, I will help lead others to you. As I am kind and generous, others will want to follow you as their Savor and Lord. My being kind to the poor by being generous with those in need will make me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. The fruit that I bear for you in this life will be like storing up treasure in heaven. Yes, it will. This will be an exceedingly wise use of all that you have given to me. I will be trading what I cannot keep, material wealth in this life, for what cannot be taken way from me, treasures in heaven stored up there with you. You have answered well. Be kind to the poor by being generous with those in need. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, I will not tight fistedly hold on to what you have given to me. I know that you have richly blessed my life so I can richly bless the lives of others. I will be kind to the poor by generously helping those who are in need. Use my life for your kingdom and glory. Amen
Key Question… How has the Lord blessed your life so that you can be a blessing to the poor and needy in this world?
Living It Out… Make it your priority to be kind to the poor by generously helping those who are in need.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will reward you for being kind to the poor by generously helping those who are in need.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are being kind to the poor by generously helping those in need.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you be kind to the poor by generously helping those who are in need.
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