Generous Eye

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 22

Gold Nugget
Verse 9: “He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.”

It really is more blessed to give than to receive. I love Christmas time and as for many of us, it is because of the abundance of giving. Giving is contagious. It is true that many people will be generous during the holidays, while not seeing the joy in it at other times. Once a year they will have an amazing brush with this act of love. Although they may really enjoy the experience, they don’t realize that it is supposed to be a way of life and not a time of year. It is true that the Lord will do as the proverb says as in today’s “gold nugget”, “He who has a generous eye will be blessed, for he gives of his bread to the poor.” However, even if He didn't bless us with anything in return, the joy that is experienced from “blessing” someone else is reward enough for those that truly grasp its worth. The most recognized verse of scripture is centered on giving and is told from the perspective of the greatest giver of all. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he GAVE his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” He looked at the condition of the world with a "generous eye" and gave the ultimate gift of salvation. If imitation is the greatest form of flattery, then why not flatter the Lord and imitate Him by giving also. Keep in mind that giving is not always monetary. You can give a listen, give a hand, give a pat on the back or just give a care, but whatever you do – give. Be mindful that some will not appreciate or even acknowledge your gift, but they cannot take the benefit that belongs to the giver. The joy and favor that comes from obeying God and imitating His character is irreplaceable. Remember, although He GAVE, many have not appreciated or even acknowledge it. Nevertheless, He gave. Will you have a generous eye?

Lord, I know that you have enabled me to give at times and I am so thankful. Not just for the ability to give, but the joy that accompanies it. I will continue to give to others when I can, when they appreciate it and even when they don’t.  Amen

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