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Giving Your Way To Blessings (2 of 3)
We have no record of these words in the four gospels which we have in our Bible, yet we are told here, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, that Jesus Christ said, ''It is more blessed to give than to receive.'' Some have referred to it as the neglected beatitude. The beatitude which Jesus gives concerning the matter of giving—it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Out of ever tragedy there seems to be a way of God bringing some good. In the tragedy we have experienced in our nation—terror in America—and all of the heartache and all of the grief, in the midst of all of that, there has been a tremendous spirit among the American people, of giving and generosity. All over this country we are having marvelous, magnificent displays of people who are giving to others who are in need. It is a beautiful, wonderful thing and it reminds me that the American people are indeed a generous people. When the American people know what the need is, invariably they respond in a magnanimous way to that need. So many people in America, during these days of difficulty and indeed in some ways these days of darkness, have learned the truth which Jesus Christ put in nine words. Nine words, seven of the words are monosyllables. Only two of the words are more than one syllable. I want you to say those words with me.
IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE.
In one clear succinct statement the Lord Jesus Christ summarizes everything the Bible has to say about the subject of giving.
I have been hesitant in the early years of my ministry to talk about the matter of giving. I have invariably heard the criticism that some people give. Sometimes I have heard people say, ''Every time you go to church, all they talk about is giving.'' Have you ever heard anybody say that? That is not a true statement. In fact, in our church, about the only time you hear about giving is during our stewar ...
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