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CHRISTIAN GIVING                    G. Elson Ruff
 
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. Matthew 6:3 (NIV)
 
When some people give generously to others, they expect to receive much gratitude as a reward. If they do not get it, they feel cheated.
A Christian, however should not give for the sake of any reward. We give because our neighbor needs something and we have it to give. That’s the end of the matter, as far as Christians are concerned.
 
We hope that our neighbors will be grateful, and will show it some day by giving to some other neighbors who is in need . But true love doesn’t keep any books. We forgive the sins of others against us because God has forgiven our sins. We give to our neighbors because God give to us.
 
Sometimes people who are the most generous are also the most painful. They seem to be trying to prove what good people they are. That spoils everything. There is always some risk in service to others. It may not produce any results. But we take that chance, because God takes such a chance in giving to us.

Lord, you so loved the world that you gave your only. Teach us to respond to your love by loving our neighbor. Amen