I’ve found that if I’m not intentional and consistent about it, I can over time forget to be kind to strangers and forget about helping those in need. One set of new circumstances can throw me out of rhythm, I slip into a different pattern, and before you know it — the days of my life are singing a different song.
What practical steps do you take to encourage yourself to generous (or even sacrificial) living in ways that don’t necessarily come naturally to you?
I’m wanting to improve and grow in this area of my life. Thanks!
Therefore, let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to God, proclaiming our allegiance to his name. And don’t forget to do good and to share with those in need. These are the sacrifices that please God.
Hebrews 13:15-16 NLT
An attitude of generosity, along with a willingness to sacrifice for the benefit of others and for the glory of God — is the type of “worship in spirit and truth” that pleases our Heavenly Father.
I’m trying to communicate precepts clearly in 100% non- religious language that everyone can appreciate whether they are a believer or not.
Afterwards, when non-believers realize that the precept itself comes from the Word of God, they might want to understand the precepts and seek to know my living God — rather than “sign up” for so many dead, man-made churches or religions.
In a world full of religious people making demands on others based on their own personal dogma, doctrine, and theology — I’d rather share the sweet precepts of my God in something even a child can appreciate as wise and helpful. So they might choose to taste for themselves and see that He is good.
Part of being genuine is admitting our own weaknesses and our need to be reminded of these things — confessing our sins to one another so that we might be healed — and encouraging and building each other up. God bless you, friends!