Genesis 23:16 Being Generous

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Abraham agreed to Ephron’s terms and weighed out for him the price he had named in the hearing of the Hittites: four hundred shekels of silver, according to the weight current among the merchants. Genesis 23:16

People are always striving to pay the least amount that they can for whatever they purchase. They fight hard to get the price lower or even free. While it is wisdom to pay a good price for a service or object, it can become stingy or greedy to pay less than a fair price or what it is really worth.

Christians are often very stingy with their money among other believers. Each one expects the other to donate their service or their goods, because they are both believers. They expect the one doing the work or giving the goods to be the generous one. If the person does not donate his time or goods, many believers are offended and go to someone else, or talk bad about him.

As Abraham had been traveling, his wife, Sarah, had passed away. Since he was in a foreign land, he had to purchase some land to bury her. He went to a man named Ephron to buy some land. Ephron wanted to give him the land at no cost, yet, Abraham insisted upon paying full price, and finally paid full price for the land. Abraham was the one being generous and refused to take something without paying the right price.

There may be times you are being given a service from another believer. Instead of just expecting it for free, offer what is a good price for the service. There may be times the person wants to donate the service or object, but do not expect it. Be generous in what you have and pay the right price. This is blessing the other person.

Think about what God has blessed you with. God is generous with you in what He gives you. God has provided the price for your sins, death on a cross. Yet, He does not charge you for it, He is generous to you. Pass that generosity on. God will provide more than all that you need.

Be the one who is a blessing to another person by being generous with your money, services or goods, but do not expect it from others. If someone is generous, you may accept, but do not expect it.

I pray today that you will know what God has given you; that you will be generous to others as God was to you; that you give as God has given to you; and that you will know God’s provision for your own life. 

 

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1 Peter 3:9 Repay With Blessings

 

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Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. 1 Peter 3:9

Every day people insult or do something wrong, evil, to someone else. People can be mean and hateful to others on a regular basis. Some are violent, while others are not violent in action, but in words.

The reaction of most people is to strike back. It is common that the strike back is done in the same manner, violence for violence, bad words for bad words. Others may not strike the person directly, but talk badly about him to others, cutting him down in public.

The world believes that a person has the right to strike back in the same manner. They use evil to combat evil. In this they are just compiling sin upon sin. They are making the situation worse. It will usually continue to build, each person adding more to the fire.

God does not work that way. Jesus did not work in that manner when He walked on the earth. As Jesus was being whipped, beaten and nailed to the cross, He did not strike back physically or with words. He actually blessed the people asking God to forgive them.

Believers are to pour out blessings upon those who do evil to them. It does not matter if the evil was done intentionally or by accident. Giving a blessing, is showing love–God’s love to the person.

People will hurt others, both believers and non-believers, because that is the nature of man–to sin. Believers are to show love and compassion, not hate. They are to leave the vengeance up to God. They are not to return evil for evil or insult for insult.

There will be times when someone does evil to you or insults you. Before you react, think about how God has treated you when you insulted or did evil to Him. He showed you love and blessed you. Take that same blessing and pour it forward to another.

Do not allow yourself to fall into the trap the world has of repaying evil for evil. Do not allow yourself to fall into sin because of someone’s bad actions or words.

In the end God will bless you greater than getting revenge will ever help you. Live as Jesus lived, not as the world does.

I pray today that you will know the blessings God has given you; that you will be filled with God’s love for those who offend you; that you will give God’s blessings to those who hurt you; and that you will be a blessing to those around you.

Matthew 5:7 Having Mercy

“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” Matthew 5:7

Mercy is not giving out a punishment that someone deserves. God is seen as full of mercy. As a sinful human being, every person on this earth deserves punishment in the worst possible method, yet God loves people and is willing to forgive them.

Every person loves to have mercy shown to themselves. People often beg a creditor that they owe to allow them some extra time to pay the bill. The courts are filled with people who have committed a crime begging the judge for mercy in the sentencing.

While everyone wants mercy, very few want to give that same mercy. Most people are out for revenge on someone who hurt them.

Often it is said that the people in the church are the worst at this. Many more “mature” believers all too often will condemn a newer believer for doing something they have learned to not do or feel God does not want them to do. Or someone has wronged them and people want full judgment brought down.

Along with inside the church, many believers also cast harsh judgment upon the world. Often many will pray that God destroy a non-believer who is in leadership. They forget that at one time they were a non-believer. The world does only what they know to do. As a believer you must show them the love and mercy of Jesus.

It is often seen when a disaster hits an area, believers say that they had it coming because of all the sinful practices done there.

You should not be quick to condemn a person. Yes their actions may be sinful and they refuse to follow God and are heading towards hell, but you must see them as God does–a lost child.

Jesus said that if you want mercy, you must show mercy. Be willing to work with a person with faults, not just condemn. You can show the wrongs being done, but don’t punish them as quickly. Ask God for guidance in when to show mercy. There is a time for punishment, but not always.

Remember if God did not show you mercy, where would you be today?

I pray today that God will strengthen you to show His mercy to others; that God will guide you in how to show that mercy; that you will be filled with God’s love for people; that God will show you mercy in your life; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.