Command them [the rich] to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.

1 Timothy 6:18

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

For many of us, this time of year is a beautiful time of giving and receiving gifts, giving thanks, and experiencing the joy of generosity. After all, generosity is wonderful — not just to those on the receiving end but also to those on the giving end. This makes Paul’s words to Timothy especially impactful to us today. Most of us who can read this devotional on the web, via email, on an app, on the radio, or through social networks are rich by the world’s standards. That makes this passage on being generous with our blessings especially applicable. Let this gift-giving time of the year be God’s opportunity to reawaken the need to be generous with our time, energy, and monetary blessings, not just now but year-round!

My Prayer…

O loving God, you have been so generous with me and blessed me with so many incredible blessings. Thank you! Stir my heart an awareness of the joy of giving. Make my heart more like your own — generous and gracious. Break down the anxiety and miserliness that sometimes cloud my vision and keep me from sharing my time, money, energy, and love as I should. Thank you for showing me how to be generous through Jesus’ life and example. I pray this in the name of Jesus, my Savior and LORD. Amen.

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