Giving: The Best Gift This Christmas

It’s hard to imagine that giving could ever be better than receiving, but Luke 6:38 provides this mysterious perspective: “Give and it will be given to you.” This principle doesn’t seem to make sense, but from God’s mysterious (and sometimes upside down) perspective, biblical truths produce amazing blessings.
Here’s how it works.
  • If you give forgiveness, you will receive forgiveness.
  • If you judge others, you will be judged yourself.
  • If you give love, you will receive love.
  • If you give friendship, you will receive it!
(See also Matthew 6:14; 7:1; 1 John 4:7; John 13:34 and Galatians 6:7)

There is a great deal to celebrate in these passages of Scripture. God promises we’ll reap good things when we give to others.

Let’s apply these principles to the relational needs in your life.
There will inevitably be times when friends, family, and other people let you down or miss your relational needs. At times, we can all benefit from receiving more of certain needs in our relationships. What needs might be missing for you? 
  • At this point in my life, I need more _____.
(comfort, support, compassion, friendship, security, acceptance, attention, affection, etc.)
  • It would be helpful or important for me to receive _____ during this time in my life because _____
(For example: It would be important for me to receive encouragement during this time in my life because of my parents’ declining health.)

Now in faith, entrust your needs to God and receive assurance of his care. 
Next, look for opportunities to give—yes, give—to others the same thing you hope to receive.
  • Do you need acceptance? Then look to God who has accepted you and welcomed you into His family (Rom. 15:7). 
    • Next, look for opportunities to accept others who are feeling excluded.
  • Has your need for comfort been neglected? Then call upon God as the “God of all comfort, who comforts us”
    • Next, begin to give caring compassion to others who are hurting. (See 2 Cor.1:2–4). 
  • Are you missing some encouragement? Ask God to remind you of how the Lord will bless the righteous; with favor [He] will surround [you] as with a shield” (Psalm 5:12). 
    • Next, begin to encourage others who are weary or overwhelmed in their struggle.
  • Do you need support? Look to God who has promised to be with you. “He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him” (Psalm 91:15). 
    • Next, offer your support to those who also find themselves in the midst of trouble.

Whatever it is that you need—receive from God and then give to others!

REMEMBER: Our focus on giving does not disqualify us from receiving. Rather, it positions us by faith to receive from the Lord or other meaningful relationships. Give and it will be given to you!
As a final step, in this mysterious process of giving and receiving: Ask God to give to you. James 1:5 says, “You do not have because you do not ask.”

Ask God to be a need-meeting God in your life.
“Jesus, you know what I need during this time. I trust you to meet this need through my relationship with you or through other people you might want to include.”

Finally, look for opportunities to give. Wait and watch as God brings blessings to your life. Look for ways that God gives to you because you have faithfully trusted Him and given to others.

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