Sunday Rest and Reflection:Blessed Givers

Dear Friends,

Welcome to another day of rest in Christ Jesus!  Because of what He was willing to give to us, we can now rest secure in our salvation and live today in freedom from fear of punishment, guilt or shame!  What a blessing to know that!  Let’s take time today to reflect on this blessing of Jesus Christ and His gift to us!

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus Himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35

This quote from the Lord Jesus is a truth that we can live by.  Jesus lived to give His life blood for our salvation.  He offered His body as a sacrifice for our sins and willingly laid down His life that we might have life.  He always considered the needs of others above His own needs and readily gave His time and effort to meet their needs.  He taught us that the blessed life is a life that is willing to give!  If we give, we will be taken care of and our own needs will be met.  What we sow we will reap!

I was talking to a person today who said that he had given away his electric dryer to someone who needed one because the rental house he moved into already had a dryer.  When he recently moved here, he needed a dryer and told his wife that the Lord would meet their needs.  After three days here, a person brought a dryer by his house and gave it to them!  God blesses givers!  The person that gave them the dryer will be blessed, too!

As you rest today, thank God for His generous heart towards you and ask Him to show you how you can bless someone by giving today.  We are imitating our Lord when we give and His blessing will rest on us!

In His Love, Pastor John

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