by Nelson Price

ACTS 20: 31 - 36
JESUS CHRIST said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive"
(Acts 20:35).
This is the FORGOTTEN BEATITUDE. The Greek word translated
"blessed" is MAKARIOS. It can also be translated "happy" or
"happiness." It literally means, "There is more happiness in
giving than in receiving."
The text says, "remember." This is the only earthly quote of
Jesus not found in the four gospels. This indicates it was a
well-known statement. It is today. Though we try to crowd it
from our minds, it still arrests our attention.
As repeated in Acts 30:35, it is shared by Paul with the church
at Ephesus in his farewell address to them. Therefore, by
including it in his parting words, its importance is stressed.
Note Acts 20:27 wherein Paul says, "I HAVE not shunned to
declare to you the whole counsel of God." Part of that counsel
of God he has shared was this statement from Christ: "It is more
blessed to give than to receive." That is God's counsel.
As pastor, verse 28 places a responsibility on me (READ). The
church is "the church of God" by virtue of it being "purchased
with His own blood." That is, the blood of Christ. As the
overseer/undershepherd, I will someday be accountable to Him for
feeding the church. What is the diet I am obligated to provide?
It is the whole counsel of God and contained in it is this
truth: "It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Jesus said, "Give and it shall be given unto you."
In the late 1920's a British family went to Scotland for a
visit. The mother and dad took their young son with them. One

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