1st October 2011

Brotherly Love 8 – Not Mean Spirited

The Eighth of a Series

“…love as brothers…”
1Peter 3:8 (NKJV)

Have you ever wondered what life would be like if God had a mean-spirit, if he was stingy?  What if he never gave us quite enough to satisfy our hunger; or enough energy to finish the job; or enough rest to overcome exhaustion; or lots of other things that fall short of our needs?  And what if God ceased to want to bless us?

Well, thankfully, these are rhetorical questions.  It is entirely out of place to ask them because God is not like that.  But we, who are made in God’s image, sometimes, to our shame, are.

God tells us that he loves a cheerful giver:  “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)  To God’s credit, and to our blessing, God has a generous spirit and when he gives, he gives ‘good measure pressed down and running over’. 

When Jesus walked this earth he set us an example of how we should live.  His was a life of abundant giving, of generosity and sacrifice.  When the apostles, who had been with Jesus and seen his example with their own eyes, recognised that God was working in a special way with the apostle Paul, they ‘gave him the right hand of fellowship asking only that he remember the poor’.  If we are to properly represent Christ it requires that we too have a generous spirit; that we are awake to the needs of others and are quick to respond out of our generosity as we are able.

We who live in this land are amongst the most blessed of people on earth.  God has blessed us enormously, which ought to fill our hearts with gratitude.  As he has been so generous to us, we ought also to be generous to those we meet in need today.

Father in heaven, thank you that you have such a generous spirit, that you are constantly motivated to be a source of blessing for us.  As I meet this new day please help me to have that same mind that motivates you so that it will also motivate me.

Study by David Stirk

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