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Reading through Ephesians 4:25-32, there are a number of lines that one may quickly read and then go onto the next verse without giving it much thought. One example is Ephesians 4:28 which reads, If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need.
Some may read this verse and think, Well, I’m not a thief…so I guess this verse doesn’t really apply to me. Others may read it and think, I’m a pretty generous person, so I can move onto the next verse.
The principle of generosity is one that applies to all followers of Christ. God has called us to be generous with our words and our deeds. For those who are already living a generous life, it’s still good to consider – how generous is generous enough?
Chances are, there’s room to grow in how generous you are toward others with your words and your actions. If you were to consider that everybody you interact with may have some kind of hurt, habit, or hangup you may not know about, how would that impact the way you speak and interact with them?
READING & PRAYERS:
EPHESIANS 4:25-32, PROVERBS 11:25 (also read the commentary notes in your study bible of choice)
If you were to consider that everybody you interact with may have some kind of hurt, habit, or hangup you may not know about, how would that impact the way you speak and interact with them?
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today I acknowledge that I don’t always consider what other people may be going through. Whether it’s the person in the checkout line, the person weaving in and out of traffic, or others I may see throughout the day, I’m grateful for the reminder that they may be experiencing a severe challenge I’m completely unaware of. May I take the opportunity to be generous with my words and actions toward others today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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