3 Things Worth Giving Away to Love People Well

God doesn’t require that we give up everything we have to love others well. But there are few things he has given us that he asks us to hold with open hands, ready to generously give a portion of in order for the people in our lives to get a taste of the sacrificial love of Jesus. Wondering what those three things are? Read on…

We Are Blessed to Bless Others

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out His commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands.” 1 John 5:1-33a NIV

Love changes the way we live our lives. In Christ, we discover what it truly means to love others. We love, because God loved us first. From his steadfast love, we are filled up and overflowing, and from that storehouse of love we can love others as an act of obedience to God (Moody Bible Commentary).

Though God doesn’t ask us to give everything we have away, I do believe he blesses us so that we can bless others out of our abundance. “My cup overflows,” writes David in Psalm 23. Indeed, God blesses us until our cups overflow, so that we have no excuse not to give out of the abundance of love and goodness he blesses us with.

Are you looking for ways to love others in your daily life? Every act of love in His name brings glory to our great God. With Jesus as our model and guide, here are three gifts I believe God has given us in order to be a gift to others:

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10 Ways to Find and Fill Someone’s Need This Christmas

We are called to look for, find, and help each other—especially at Christmas. Paul helps us to understand the place from which we are motivated and able to give in fulfillment of others’ needs in Romans 13:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 

The Greek translation of “fill” in this verse signified an active filling in to perfection or completion. The only way we are able to find and fill someone else’s need is to be filled, first. The power of the Holy Spirit produces the place of great hope from which we give to others.

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The Stamps (#jammed daily devo, day 229)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 229: Encourage one at a time.

Blessing and honor to the Most High God,August 17
who has clearly delivered your enemies into your hands!” Genesis 14:20 (VOICE)

In grade school, my friends and I passed notes. We made up coded nick-names for each other and folded them in crazy ways. Shoe boxes full took up a shelf in my closet, and as we grew up we rolled in laughter at the things we wrote. Too busy to fold paper in high school, we resorted to passing an entire notebook.

Even though social media allows us to stay in touch with people we would otherwise loose track of, I love to send snail mail to let people know I care, I’m praying, or share a laugh over a memory. Whether down the street or across the country, the nudge to send a note is my favorite.

Today’s verse is about giving God the credit for the good things in our lives. Abram had a lot to thank and praise God for. And, so do we. Snail mail is my way to encourage others by passing on the hope, love, and kindness that Jesus has given me.

The second half of today’s verse is as follows:

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. Genesis 14:20b

It’s not only important to give of our selves and our time as we are called to minister to others, but also to give financially. It’s a subject not many like to talk about, unless we know a little more about how our Savior works. Lift it up to Him, and ask Him to show you what to do and how to get there. Hearts are changed instantly, but faith grows over time. 

We are to go outside the walls of our homes and churches and tell of what He has done. When we know Jesus, it’s a no-brainer.

What do You need from me, God? I’m ready to give, and ready to go.

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Father, Praise You for providing for us in a way that we cannot process. Thank You for giving us guidelines on how to give …to help protect us from our own pride and accomplishment. Forgive us for being stingy with what needs to be given to Your mission, and help us to understand what praising …honoring …thanking …and giving …in Your Name …on account of our lives …looks like. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Going,

Megs

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The Stamps (#jammed daily devo, day 229)

August #jammed: Reflecting on Grace.

Day 229: Encourage one at a time.

Blessing and honor to the Most High God,August 17
who has clearly delivered your enemies into your hands!” Genesis 14:20 (VOICE)

In grade school, my friends and I passed notes. We made up coded nick-names for each other and folded them in crazy ways. Shoe boxes full took up a shelf in my closet, and as we grew up we rolled in laughter at the things we wrote. Too busy to fold paper in high school, we resorted to passing an entire notebook.

Even though social media allows us to stay in touch with people we would otherwise loose track of, I love to send snail mail to let people know I care, I’m praying, or share a laugh over a memory. Whether down the street or across the country, the nudge to send a note is my favorite.

Today’s verse is about giving God the credit for the good things in our lives. Abram had a lot to thank and praise God for. And, so do we. Snail mail is my way to encourage others by passing on the hope, love, and kindness that Jesus has given me.

The second half of today’s verse is as follows:

Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. Genesis 14:20b

It’s not only important to give of our selves and our time as we are called to minister to others, but also to give financially. It’s a subject not many like to talk about, unless we know a little more about how our Savior works. Lift it up to Him, and ask Him to show you what to do and how to get there. Hearts are changed instantly, but faith grows over time. 

We are to go outside the walls of our homes and churches and tell of what He has done. When we know Jesus, it’s a no-brainer.

What do You need from me, God? I’m ready to give, and ready to go.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:aug

Father, Praise You for providing for us in a way that we cannot process. Thank You for giving us guidelines on how to give …to help protect us from our own pride and accomplishment. Forgive us for being stingy with what needs to be given to Your mission, and help us to understand what praising …honoring …thanking …and giving …in Your Name …on account of our lives …looks like. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Going,

Megs

Get the #jammed Daily Devo sent straight to your inbox each morning, by subscribing to Sunny&80.