The Cheerful Giver

Since childhood, I have done my best to always maintain a giving heart. What a blessing it is to give and to be a blessing to someone else. I presume that few people realize how much better it is to give than to receive. When you give with a cheerful attitude, not only are you meeting someone’s need or want, but you will meet God’s approval. I believe it’s safe to say that for me giving has truly become an addictive behavior. It does my heart well to see other people blessed.

Giving may not always make a person feel liberated. It may seem as if the giving was done in vain, but I assure you that giving is always in order when God is in it.
In times past, the question has risen as to whether not I have ever been frustrated with the ill-gotten gain or prosperity of someone else. The answer to that question is yes. There have been occasions in life where I found myself at the point of jealousy when someone else would attest to what God had done for them. Most of the time a person would give report of something that happened for them when it was the exact same thing that I needed God to do for me. It is funny how God will test the faith that we so often claim to have. I understand how frustrating it can be to need something so badly that you simply cannot find it within yourself to be happy for someone else, but these are the times that we pray and rely on God’s faithfulness to make good on his promises. To become consumed in jealousy is to doubt that God has something in store for you.

Trust me when I say that God has a plan for your life. I know that sounds redundant. You  have heard it so many times before, but it is true and you have to believe it. If you are reading this book, then you are still here which means you have yet to see your best days. It is also important that we count our own blessings and realize we are not the only ones God has his hands on. There are many other believers who are under the blood covenant as well, and they are also blessed. Romans 12:15(NIV) says to “Rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn.” When something great happens for someone else in life, rejoice with them and serve a personal notice to Satan that you are rejoicing with them because you know without a shadow of a doubt that God has something great in store for you as well.

 

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