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An Open, Generous Heart

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November 21, 2020 7:00 pm

An Open, Generous Heart

Our Daily Bread Ministries / Various Hosts

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November 21, 2020 7:00 pm

After Vicki’s old car broke down with no option for repair, she started scraping together money for another vehicle. Chris, a frequent customer of the restaurant where Vicki works at the drive-thru window, one day heard her mention she needed a car. “I couldn’t stop thinking about it,” Chris said. “I [had] to do something.” So he bought his son’s used car (his son had just put it up for sale), shined it up, and handed Vicki the keys. Vicki was shocked. “Who . . . does that?” she said in amazement and gratitude.

The Scriptures call us to live with open hands, giving freely as we can—providing what’s truly best for those in need. As Timothy says: “Command [those who are rich] to do good, to be rich in good deeds” (1 Timothy 6:18). We don’t merely perform a benevolent act here or there, but rather live out a cheerful spirit of giving. Big-heartedness is our normal way of life. “Be generous and willing to share,” we’re told (v. 18).

As we live with an open, generous heart, we don’t need to fear running out of what we need. Rather, the Bible tells us that in our compassionate generosity, we’re taking “hold of [true] life” (v. 19). With God, genuine living means loosening our grip on what we have and giving to others freely.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread. Today's reading titled and open generous heart was written by Win Collier after Vicki's old car broke down with no option for repair. She started scraping together money for another vehicle.

Chris, a frequent customer of the restaurant where Vicki works at the drive-through window one day.

Heard her mention she needed a car. I couldn't stop thinking about it.

Chris said I had to do something so he bought his sons used car. His son had just put it up for sale shined it up and handed Vicki the keys. Vicki was shocked. Who does that. She said in amazement and gratitude. The Scriptures call us to live with open hands giving freely as we can. Providing what's truly best for those in need. As Paul says in first Timothy command those who are rich to do good to be rich in good deeds. We don't merely perform a benevolent act here or there but rather live out a cheerful spirit of giving big heartedness is our normal way of life. Be generous and willing to share were told in verse 18.

As we live with an open generous heart. We don't need to fear running out of what we need, rather, the Bible tells us that in our compassionate generosity. We are taking hold of true life with God. Genuine living means loosening our grip on what we have been giving to others freely. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from first Timothy chapter 6 verses 17 through 19. Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain what to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good to be rich in good deeds and to be generous and willing to share in this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. Let's pray father God. Everything we own is ours because you have entrusted it to our care. In light of this, help us to hold on to what we have loosely let us be generous with those in need.

Show us how we can use what we have, to be a help and a blessing to someone else. Thank you Lord it's in Jesus name we pray. Amen on today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries


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