‭‭Our scripture this morning is Proverbs‬ ‭11:23‭-‬25‬.

The desire of the righteous ends only in good, but the hope of the wicked only in wrath. One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Proverbs guide us toward living and loving each other as God intends. In this passage we hear about generosity and that giving will actually enrich us. As with much that Jesus teaches, this seems counterintuitive to our often materialistic culture.

Are there people on the street asking for help where you are? I see folks like this and sometimes wonder “if I help them will they spend it on drugs or alcohol?” I read somewhere the admonition to “give without worrying where the blessings fall”, reminding me I’m only passing on what God has given me. (And remember, money is not the only way to help those in need and to always share God’s love!)

Jesus preached an upside-down kingdom, where the last shall be first (Matthew 20:16) and those who give up their life will save it (Matthew 10:39). If we want to be more like our Savior, we will give without wanting to control how the gift is used. It is by blessing others that we are truly blessed.

Loving Lord, thank You for calling us to be part of what You are doing in the world. Help us to share the Good News and care for Your children. Amen.

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