Give without expectations


          “And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you?  For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back” (Luke 6: 34.)


          Even the most selfish human beings will lend to those who promise to repay them.  Jesus therefore implored his disciples to exercise genuine selflessness; to freely give; expecting nothing in return.  All those who desire true Godliness, must strive to practice the art of sacrificial giving.

          One day, as I was preparing to leave the gym, an acquaintance approached me and asked to borrow ten dollars.  After receiving the money, he repeatedly insisted that he would pay me back.  Using this scripture as my guide, I informed him that the money wasn’t from me; it was from God.  Thus I didn’t require nor desire any form of repayment.  Eventually he understood that the cash wasn’t a loan; it was a gift.  As we parted ways, the blessings of obedience filled my heart with joy.

          The Lord yearns for His disciples to standout; to shine; to be more loving and more charitable than the worldly masses.  Giving without expecting repayment is just one of many characteristics of genuine faith.  Whether a stranger is begging for change, or a family member needs financial assistance, we must freely give in order to fulfill God’s desires.  May we continue to embrace divine charity; giving without restriction; that through sincere obedience, we too might receive eternal rewards.

          “Lord Heavenly Father, help us to be generous and kind.  To give without expecting anything in return.  May we abandon earthly rewards, in favor of eternal blessings.  May Your love flow through us; that our faith might be a light to all those who walk in darkness.  We love You Father; we praise You; and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will; in Jesus Christ’s name, amen.”  God bless all of you.

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