My Bible study "Conversation Peace" by Mary Kassian, had a very convicting and pointed message to my heart this afternoon. I wanted to share it with you. Perhaps you have struggled with "freely giving" to your husband, children, family and friends.
"If we focus on the resources of God, we realize we have an abundance to give. On the other hand, if we focus on what we should be getting from others, we become "stingy" and reluctant to give.
This principle extends to all areas of our lives, including our speech. Case in point...
We become increasingly patient the more we realize how patient God is with us.
We love more when we realize how much God loves us.
Our capacity to forgive increases as we become aware of how much God forgives us.
We are gracious because we have been the recipients of so much grace .
We are generous because of God's generosity.
We are kind because God is kind to us.
We are merciful because we receive mercy.
"Our ability to give good to others springs from the abundance of good we receive from God.
When David was focused on what he should have been receiving from the people who bothered him-respect and kindness, for example-he had nothing good to say. Yet when he became focused on his relationship to God and kept his focus there, he found himself filled with "a new song" and began to say good things to his adversaries.
I am learning some really good stuff here. The hard part is applying it to my life and making this kind of lasting change a reality. Only the Lord can do that! I will continue to pray for it!
Thanks for letting me share.