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Giving To The Brethren

Text:
Galatians 6: 6-10
Memory Verse:
“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all,
especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Galatians6:10).

Giving involves the transfer of what belongs to you to another person, who, thereafter, becomes the legitimate owner. You can give material, financial and spiritual items. Christians are to give to all
men, especially the needy. Paul admonished that priority should be given to meeting the needs of the brethren. When you give, you are exhibiting the nature of God, who gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to redeem mankind from sin (John 3:16). Christians should cultivate the habit of giving to both believers and non-believers.

The challenge is how to identify Christians with genuine needs aside from the pretenders flocking to the congregations these days. Paul had advised the Thessalonian Christians ‘if any would not work, neither should he eat’ (2 Thessalonians 3:10). Yet, the Israelites were told to open their hands wide to the poor because the poor shall not cease from the land (Deuteronomy 15:11). The first challenge to surmount is the unwillingness of some believers to give.

Thereafter, we can ask the Holy Spirit, who knows all things, to guide us as to who to give, how and when. Do brethren need to ask before you give? Not all the time; the Holy Spirit could direct you to someone who did not ask. Every giving goes to your own account here on earth and in heaven. Determine to make a change, if giving has become a difficult venture, ask the Holy Spirit for help.

Prayer Points:
1. Lord, please forgive my lapses in giving.
2. Holy Spirit, help me to give right from now on.

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