‘He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.’ Proverbs 19:17 NKJV
Here are four ways in which you can express kindness and generosity towards others.
(1) Giving your time. Giving a few hours of your time to someone, especially if you’re a busy person, can mean the world to a person who’s hurting.
(2) Giving your talent. Organisations like Mercy Ships marshal the talents of gifted people to relieve suffering and provide shelter to the needy. That’s Scriptural! (See Matthew 25:34–46.)
(3) Giving your treasure. ‘He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, and He will pay back what he has given.’ Can you imagine the interest God pays?
(4) Giving your temperament. Everybody you meet, struggles with anxieties and fights battles they usually don’t talk about. So, your smile and word of encouragement can be like a lifeline that helps keep them afloat that day. Selfishness is so innate in each of us that it’s like breathing; we do it without thinking. So, in order to change we must rearrange our priorities and reprogramme our minds and decide, ‘I will not let this day pass until I have said or done something to help, bless, and encourage another human being.’
God told Abraham, ‘I will bless you… and you shall be a blessing.’ (Genesis 12:2 NKJV) Today pray: ‘Father, I thank You for every resource and advantage You have given me. Help me always to remember that these blessings are from You, and that they are to be shared with others for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.’
SoulFood: 1 Sam 14–15, Luke 23:44–56, Ps 91, Pr 21:28–31
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023