“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over.” -Luke 6:38
As I read this verse this morning, I recalled a few of the times I had “given” and how God brought it back to me one-hundred fold. Now there have been times that I have “given”, but it was not from the heart. It was out of obligation…feeling pressured, and in those times-I was not blessed in return.
God looks at our hearts. We give with a good heart, not begrudgingly, but joyfully, and He gives back to us in the same way. If our heart is wrong when we give, or if we do it with a motive-then He will not…and can not bless that action!
Jesus did not die for us out of obligation…He died for us out of LOVE! He joyfully took our sins unto Himself, cleansed us with His blood that was shed on the Cross of Calvary, so that we might go where He is IF we will just accept His gift!
This is the kind of heart we need to have when “giving” to others. It should be done with joy. It should be done with love. If we give in that manner, God will bless us…and also bless the person we are giving to. They will feel the joy. They will recognize the love in our hearts; then we can tell them of Jesus’ gift for them.
Be a giver. Give with joy. Give with love!