Before we accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we were ruled by our own fleshly desires. Flesh does not want to love others or help them in any way. Flesh is a “selfie”, it is all about me, me, me. After we accepted Jesus, God’s Spirit came to abide in us. Now, we are walking after the Spirit and not the flesh. God’s Spirit teaches us to love one another. As we mature in our walk with God, we should be learning to love more and more. As we love others more, we learn to first look at our faults and the areas we need to improve. If we do this in light of the Scriptures, we find that we have less time to meddle and gossip. This leads to a more peaceful life. We need to stay focused on Jesus and what He has called us to do, so that outsiders see the love we display and they will be drawn to Jesus.
6 Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” 8 And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 9 As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.–2 Corinthians 9:6-9 (NLT)
We have just gone through the Christmas season. A season well known for giving gifts. How many of those gifts were given to family and friends who had no need for anything more than they already had? It is a good tradition to continue to show appreciation for those close to us. But, as Christians, we should feel a deep desire to help those around us that are less fortunate. It is an extension of God’s love that He showed to us when He sent Jesus as our Savior. We were poor, wretched, and blind, but He gave His all for us. We should not limit our giving to a season. Those around us need more than 2 meals a year. In God’s mathematics, giving does not subtract from our supply, in the end it actually increases our abundance. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38 (NLT)