Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Loving the Saints Part IV

Think about how you give.  The Bible says that if you give grudgingly and sparingly, God will give to you the same way.  Are your cupboards empty?  Are your bills piling up?  Is ninety-percent of your income twenty-percent too little?  Does nobody have time for you?  Then, perhaps you have not learned this fundamental lesson.  You must learn to give.  Yes, the tithe is part of this but we have many other opportunities to give in the life of the saints.  This giving can be financial but it can also be service oriented; giving to the deacon’s fund for pressing needs, meals for new mothers, taking the kids when a family is sick, help moving, cleaning the church, helping saints do work on their homes, hospitality on the Lord’s Day and throughout the week.  There are many ways to give and we must look for them.  The Lord will repay. 

My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him. 1 John 3:18-19

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