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- Meditate on Christ’s love for you personally – a love marked by giving, by sacrifice, by servanthood. Allow this to shape your outlook on life.
- Identify a need of yours (e.g. money, friendship, kindness, practical help, a dinner invitation, etc.). Now think of how you can give, instead of get, that thing. Who can you offer that to?
- Think of someone who is struggling or experiencing hardship. Imagine now that you are them; put yourself into their circumstances. What would you need? What would you want someone to do for you? Now, consider how you can bless them in a meaningful and generous way.
Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death – even death on a cross!
Ephesians 5:25 (MSG)
… go all out in your love …exactly as Christ did for the church—a love marked by giving, not getting.
Mark 4:24-25 (MSG)
Listen carefully to what I am saying—and be wary of the shrewd advice that tells you how to get ahead in the world on your own. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity. Stinginess impoverishes.
Luke 6:38 (NIV)
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Acts 20:35 (NIV)
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”