“… see that you also excel in this grace of giving.” 2 Corinthians 8:7
“What kind of return are you getting on that investment?” “How are you going to get your down payment?” “What interest rate do you get?”
These concerns are part of life and we need to be aware of them. Yet they seem in such contrast to what God’s wisdom says.
Excelling in the grace of giving means so much more than the concern of material goods.
Watch for opportunities throughout the busyness of your day to invite God to work through you!
• Give compassion today to someone who is troubled over family concerns.
• Give time to a family member this evening. Look him/her in the eye and really hear what is being said.
• Give forgiveness to someone who didn’t even realize the hurtful comments they carelessly said.
• Give encouragement to someone who was feeling frustrated today.
Looking for places to give throughout your day will bring you contentment and a measure of fulfillment that will surprise you. God gives His grace to you and you, in turn, pass it out.
Today why not look for the places you can excel in the grace of giving. If you feel tired and discouraged yourself, go first to God and ask for His grace to strengthen you and to give you grace that you can pass out to those you encounter. You will be surprised at the extra dimension it adds to your day! God wants to use you where you are today to pass out His grace. Excel in it!
Heavenly Father, I ask You to show me how I can give out grace in the situations around me today. Help me to see the opportunities You provide to give out kindness, forgiveness, compassion, a gentle response, a listening ear or time to just be with someone. Thank you that You are my source and will give me what I need to pass on to others. Father, help me today to see my environment as one You want to penetrate with Your grace. Help me to excel in the grace of giving today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Gail Rodgers
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