Devotions for February 14, 2017

LUKE 6:32-38

32 “If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! 34 And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.

35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. 36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.

Do Not Judge Others
37 “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.[a]”

MONEY MULTIPLICATION

Throughout the New Testament there is a clear and consistent call for the people of God to give a portion of their giving to the local church. In the Old Testament, giving was a Tithe, 10% of what the people produced. The New Testament calls us to generosity, we’re held to an even higher standard.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What does Jesus say about giving in this passage?

Q: How would you define your own giving currently? Is it generous?

Q: Being generous involves much more than our finances. We can be generous with our time, our home, and our possessions. How can you use your resources to be more generous this week?

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