Our Daily Bread 16 September 2019 Devotional

Our Daily Bread 6th August 2018 Devotional

Topic: The Joy of Giving

Read: 1 Thessalonians 5:12–24 Bible in a Year: Psalms 70–71; Romans 8:22–39

Scripture: Encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14

Message: It was a dreary week. I had been feeling lethargic and listless, although I couldn’t figure out why.

Near the end of the week, I found out that an aunt had kidney failure. I knew I had to visit her—but to be honest, I felt like postponing the visit. Still, I made my way to her place, where we had dinner, chatted, and prayed together. An hour later, I left her home feeling upbeat for the first time in days. Focusing on someone else rather than myself had somehow improved my mood.

Our Daily Bread 6th August 2018 Devotional – The Joy of Giving

Psychologists have found that the act of giving can produce satisfaction, which comes when the giver sees the recipient’s gratitude. Some experts even believe that humans are wired to be generous!

Perhaps that’s why Paul, when encouraging the church in Thessalonica to build up their faith community, urged them to “help the weak” (1 Thessalonians 5:14). Earlier, he had also cited Jesus’s words, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). While this was said in the context of giving financially, it applies as well to the giving of time and effort. Our Daily Bread 6th August 2018 Devotional

When we give, we get an insight into how God feels. We understand why He’s so delighted to give us His love, and we share in His joy and the satisfaction of blessing others. I think I’ll be visiting my aunt again soon.

Prayer: Father, You have made me to give to others just as You have given to me. Teach me to give so that I can truly reflect Your character and be more like You today.

Our Daily Bread 6th August 2018 Devotional – The Joy of Giving

Thought for the Day: The giver is the greatest recipient.

Our Daily Bread 6th August 2018 Devotional was written by Leslie Koh(Our Daily Bread Ministries)

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