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The Generous

"The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them" (Proverbs 28:22).

Don't be stingy, ok? Please don't be. Yes, be smart and wise with your giving, but whatever we do, we can't be stingy. It's a sure way to be driven to poverty in one way or another. Think about it. Stingy people are usually pretty selfish people, wouldn't you say? Because stingy is all about a mindset of, 'why should I? What if I lose giving to you? Why don't you work for it like I did?' But this is not a good mentality regarding helping people. I don't mean helping leeches or the people who are lazy and just want a handout. I'm talking about helping people who genuinely need help and we have the resources to help them 

I have heard my pastor, as well as, TD Jakes say that when they help people, they don't expect anything back. In other words, they don't give loans, they just give. I love this, because that's how Jesus was. He said the poor will always be among us (Matthew 26:11). That doesn't only mean the poor in money, it can be the poor in spirit. We have to help those who dwell among us. There are many ways to do so. That's what Jesus did as He walked the earth. He never turned anybody away. He gave freely and never expected anything back. When He healed and spoke to people He did it from His love and kindness for them. Jesus was love and everything He did, He did in love. He didn't want people to give Him anything. He just gave, because He loved people and He wanted them to give their hearts over to His Father (God). What nobility, virtue, goodness, honor, decency, integrity, and selflessness. It just makes me love Jesus even more. We can all strive to be like Him as we give with a generous heart, just as He did.
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