Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.
“They bless me more than I bless them.”
“I get a whole lot more than what I give.”
These are the kind of statements that are common to hear from those who go on mission trips, do acts of mercy, and get involved in ministry. They know the truth of another proverb it is better to give than to receive – for giving brings a more satisfying pleasure. There is the joy of seeing the joy in others who are blessed; and there is the satisfaction of feeling useful.
Two attitudes make us depressed and feeling empty. One is to feel that we are not loved; another is to feel that we serve no purpose. To bring blessing cures both; for to perform acts of love will draw out love from others and makes us useful. Our presence makes a difference.
Are you feeling down? Then do an act of kindness. Jesus said that even a cup of cold water will bring reward. What matters is not the cost nor degree of skill, but that you give out of love for your neighbor and for God. It is God who touches the giving and makes it a blessing; and it is God who waters the one giving water. Just as no sin slips by his watchful eyes, so no good deed. What will you do today to bring blessing? What watering will you do?
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