Do you respond to God’s generosity and to the needs of others with generosity in kind? What have you done with the three resources of your life when no one was looking that changed the circumstances of someone else? When have you given your time, talent, or treasure to someone who offered nothing in return? Take a moment and write down a few of those things and determine, to the best of your ability, if you did them out of greed or generosity. Was it the real deal or was it your attempt at a self-restoration program?
Greed flows from a hard heart to a tight fist, but generosity flows from a soft heart to an open hand. God’s design aligns the heart with our three resources of life. Rather than being hardhearted and tightfisted with our resources, God’s desire is that we be softhearted and openhanded.
“If there is a poor man among your brothers in any of the towns of the land that the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward your poor brother. Rather be openhanded and freely lend him whatever he needs” (Deuteronomy 15:7-8).
This week, be softhearted and openhanded.
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