CHEERFUL GIVER!!Stella Dhinakaran

“…God loves a cheerful giver”     (2 Corinthians 9:7)

The Dhinakarans Dear beloved, there is a limitless joy in giving. Anyone who has stretched their hands to give, have never none poor. Instead, they were blessed beyond measures. When we feel pleasure in giving we become cheerful givers. Today let us read about the lives of people who joyfully gave out what was in their hands and observe the end result of their deeds.

The incident found in 1 Kings 17:7-16 reads about the Prophet Elijah and the widow at Zarephath. When Prophet Elijah came to the town gate, a widow was there gathering sticks. He called to her and asked, “Would you bring me a little water in a jar so I may have a drink and a piece of bread?". She replied, “I don’t have any bread only a handful of flour in a jar and a little olive oil in a jug. I am gathering a few sticks to take home and make a meal for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.”

Then Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’” She went away and did as Elijah had told her. Yes, the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.

There lived a blessed family which loved the Lord and walked in His ways. When the husband brings the salary every month to the home, the wife received it from his hands and set apart a portion that belongs to the Lord, then some amount for their pastor's need, then a portion for the poor and needy among them and then some amount for the believers who were in need. They followed this based on Galatians 6:10 which reads, "As we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers." God of heaven who watched their good deeds, blessed them in abundant measure on the earth. Even to their end age they live happily and faced death joyfully to be with the Lord. Today, even their children and grand children are blessed so much and living a very happy life.

Dear beloved, there are lot of ways by which we can bring smile in the face of our Lord who loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God on the cross (Ephesians 5:2). He gave His life as an atoning sacrifice for us because of His love for us. Yes, today we being the recipient of His love should also learn to be generous like Him. Bible says, "...God loves a cheerful giver" (2 Corinthians 9:7). We need to extend our hands to generously give for the Kingdom’s work and to the poor and needy amongst us. When we do so, the Lord of heaven will bless us and our generations with an overflowing blessings.

Prayer:

Loving heavenly Father,

Your love is so amazing that You did a great sacrifice for me on the cross of calvary. Lord, it is because of Your grace that I am alive today. It is because of Your sacrifice I have received Your salvation and Your redemption. Lord, thank You for Your generous giving Father. In the same way Lord, help me also to give out generously to the missions and to poor and needy around me out of which You have loved. Help me to show my love in my giving. Bless my hands and use them for Your Kingdom’s sake. Thank You for listening to my prayers. In Jesus Name I ask this prayer,

Amen.

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