24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more;
another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.
25 A generous person will prosper;
whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.
26 People curse the one who hoards grain,
but they pray God’s blessing on the one who is willing to sell (NIV).
Vs 24: the person who gives liberally gains more. The one who withholds and does not give becomes poor.
This is very true. And is one of the ironies of life. When you give you gain more. Why? The rule is that you reap whatever you sow. Thus, if you sow kindness, you reap kindness. Even the law of Karma says that whatever goes around comes around. If you are kind today, someone else or the same person you helped will be kind to you tomorrow. The Bible even confirms this. GOD cannot be mocked. Whatever you sow, you reap (Galatians 6: 7). Also, if you give to the poor, you lend to GOD (Proverbs 19: 17). All the silver and gold that exist belongs to GOD (Haggai 2: 8). When HE pays you back, HE will certainly ‘overpay’ you.
If you are kind to me today or you give to me, I would feel obliged to something in return for you even though you do not require payment. You give to somebody, they are touched. They will also feel obliged to give you help too when you need it. You do that to three more people today. Say, you need help tomorrow. Five of us are willing to help you out and give freely to us. Because you have been a blessing to our lives. Then, instead of getting help from one person, you get from five different persons. You gain more at the end of the day. This is how life works.
Also, during Christmas or Easter, you buy gifts for your boss(es) and his family, your colleagues and so on, you will definitely gain favour in their eyes. At the end, you will gain more when the time is right. This is not a bribe. This is simply giving to let someone else keep you in their good graces. And when you need help or are considered for a promotion, everyone will vote in your favour.
At home, if we freely give our time, effort and love to immediate family members, you earn respect. Gain favour in their eyes. Thus, when you need help, they will gladly help you because they are happy to do so. Not because it is a point of duty.
In our relationships: marriage, sexual, parental, platonic, whatever: if you freely give, you freely receive. Period. No two ways about it. If you freely give your time and effort and love and care to the other person(s) in your relationships, you would reap the same. If you are ALWAYS sensitive to the needs of others, they will be sensitive to yours to. If you ALWAYS work towards making others happy and doing or saying what will make them feel better, they will reciprocate the same towards you. If you are in a relationship that is not working the way you wish it, go back to the drawing board, and decide to do and say and give EVERYTHING that will make the other person(s) happy or feel better. It may not be the devil at work. Maybe, you only need to spend more time with your spouse and/or children. Study their needs. Try to understand what makes them tick or what puts them off. Don’t just buy any kind of gifts to pacify them. Rather, GIVE THEM PERSONAL ATTENTION. Not just giving them the necessary basics! Give more of your time and love and care in understanding the needs of your loved ones, how to respond to them appropriately, and RESPOND APPROPRIATELY. If you want to buy gifts, buy those that will really touch their hearts. Not the ones you deem appropriate. Gifts may not even be necessary. Rather, give more of your time and love and care.
Then, see your loved ones reciprocate the same gesture to you. See your relationship(s) grow better. See your loved ones more comfortable around you. See your loved ones express themselves more.
The converse is true. Hoard your time, love, care and gifts. And reap frustrated and difficult relationships.
Vs 25: if you are generous, you will prosper. If you refresh others, you will be refreshed.
The word ‘generous’ according to the Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (OALD) means giving freely. In other words, giving without limit. Not giving sparingly. Willing to give without limit. It also means giving more than is necessary. Giving lavishly. Giving in a large amount. Moreover, you are generous if you are kind in the way you treat people. If you are willing to discover the good in every person and in everything. In other words, being kind is being generous.
If you are kind/generous to others, you will prosper. Why? You will make a lot of friends in the process. Thus, when you have a need, there will be many people willing to help you out. You will be overwhelmed with love. If you are into business, you will have many more clients. Obviously, if you always give your customers the best deal, they will ALWAYS come back for more! If you are kind to bosses & colleagues at your workplace, you will have many allies when you are presenting a proposal or being considered for a promotion or whatever. Even your bosses and colleagues will always want to listen to whatever you have to say and value your input. Thus, you have to be generous to prosper in your business and career.
If you give more than is asked of you or do more than is necessary in your relationships with others, those relationships will prosper. Your marriage will become sweeter and better. Your children will respect and obey you more. Your siblings and cousins will listen to you more. Even elders in your family will always want to have your input. Your fiance(ée) will love and respect you more. The rewards are endless. Thus, going the extra mile for everyone around does not hurt. It is so beneficial! People appreciate you more and value your presence in their lives more, when you go the extra mile for them.
If you refresh others, you will be refreshed. You refresh someone when you give new strength or energy to someone. When you reinvigorate someone else (OALD). When you make someone feel better or energised or empowered to deal with a certain situation. Thus, when you relieve someone in pain or distress by giving your time, love or care generously, you refresh them. Sometimes, you do not need to spend money. Just giving your time, love and care generously to that person can make a positive difference in their lives. If someone is lonely or depressed, encouraging them with Scriptures to cheer them up, and spending more time with them, can bring them out of depression. And so on. Every day, let us look for whose life to make a positive difference in. AND LET’S DO IT. May the HOLY SPIRIT empower us in JESUS’ Name.
Vs 27: if you seek good for the sake of others, you find Divine Favour. If you seek evil, you will find evil coming down on your head.
If you work towards relieving others in distress or making them feel better you will receive Divine Favour. Why? First, the second greatest commandment in the Word is: Love your neighbour as much as you love yourself (Mark 12: 31). For GOD so loved the world that HE gave HIS Only Begotten Son…(John 3: 16). When you give to the poor, you lend to GOD (Proverbs 19:17). If a man claims to love GOD and hates his brother, he is a liar (1 John 4: 20-21). If we obey and serve the LORD, we will spend the rest of our lives in prosperity; the rest of our years in contentment (Job 36: 11). It takes Divine Favour to be contented and happy in life. It takes Divine Strength to live long (Psalm 90: 10). Thus, if we obey GOD in working for the good of others, all the blessings attached to obedience in the Bible are ours! Remember Exodus 23: 25-27:
25 Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren in your land. I will give you a full life span. 27 “I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run (NIV).
Second, when you always work towards the good of others, everyone loves and respects you. If you need only one thing, everyone will be offering you the same thing and you will end up having more than enough! If you call for only one help, everyone will be rushing to help you! This is a result of Divine Favour!
Of course, the converse is true. If you are selfish and conceited, and you never want others to succeed, people will only hate you. And when you need help, you won’t get any! If you get any help, it will be because they are doing out of a sense of duty to GOD or some principle. It won’t be a gesture from their hearts. If you always make evil come to people, evil will only ever be your portion. GOD cannot be mocked. Whatever you sow, you reap (Galatians 6: 7). If you sow evil, you reap evil (Proverbs 22:8).
We have looked at giving and sowing & reaping. The golden rule remains the same: Do unto others as you want them to do unto you. If you want help when you need it, give it to others when they need it. If you want people to always go the extra mile for you, go the extra mile for them first! Then, they will reciprocate the same gesture to you.
Prayer: Thank you LORD for the study of YOUR Word. LORD, help me to become addicted to giving in all areas of my life. Help me LORD to be able to give to the poor and the needy. Help me to give more of my time, care, love and gifts in all my relationships: with my spouse/ children/ colleagues/ clients, etc. LORD, find somebody for me in whose life I can make a positive difference, today and everyday from now on, and empower me to make a positive impact in their lives. Amen.
GOD bless you all ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
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AmataDei Ifeoluwa Oluyeju (Love)
Pretoria, July 2015