Passing on the blessings
…grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.
(2 Corinthians 4:15 NIVUK)
Some years ago, a lady invited my family and me around for a meal. It was quite a daunting task because our family group consisted of 9 adults and 4 children! She and her husband plus her sister were exemplary hosts and put on a sumptuous fare. I asked her why she decided to have us over. She said she wanted to because it was the time of my son’s wedding. She also, however, said something else. She said that she felt God had blessed her recently in a special way, and that she wanted to pass on the blessing.
When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he reminded them of how blessed they were, and how blessings are for sharing. It’s part of the thankfulness for grace received. Not many of us are able to have large groups for dinner, but there are other things we can do. Send a card, give an encouraging word or smile, or help in an unexpected way. Paul went on to explain to the Corinthian church that their ‘generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.’ (2 Corinthians 9:11)
Let’s pass on the blessings.
Father in heaven, thank you for all the blessings we receive and help us in our gratitude to share them with others. In Jesus’ name. Amen
Study by James Henderson
First published on 12 November 2019 in GCI Update Devotionals https://update.gci.org
About the writer:
James Henderson is a minister in Grace Communion International and is the Superintendent of the churches in Europe.
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