My Sunday Thoughts – Not Tongues, Nor Faith, Nor Prophecy…

 

Not tongues nor faith nor prophecy nor knowledge nor martyrdom nor philanthropy, but love is the Christian’s mark of distinction.

Vance Havner


“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

Acts 20:35
The English Standard Version


Along with everything else this week, today’s quote and Scripture verse that I am using tie right in.  It’s appropriate also with a previous post I did that was referencing the marks of a Christian. 

I have always been more of a giver than a taker, or at least it seems so.  I know there are times that I have been generous to a fault which can do more harm than good.  When you’re that kind of person, you get taken advantage of a whole lot.  But my philosophy was always this, as I told my dad more than once, “I’d rather love a thousand people and only get love back from one  or two than to never have loved anyone at all.”

He used to make me mad because he was so cynical.  I would tell him so too and his response would always be the same, “Wait until you get older and you’ll change your tune.”  Well that would just make me dig my feet in even more (and so would he.)  We both have inherited that Irish stubbornness.  Of course, now that I am older, I’m cynical as well.  Not quite as bad as he but more than I was back then.  And yet when I love someone, I feel it deeply, strongly and generously.  Just as Jesus would want me to, or He wouldn’t have made me this way!

Take your Christian walk seriously and follow His lead.  Be generous with your time, your money and your love for one another.  Do it for the One who loves you without boundaries and always remember that’s why He died for us all, great and small!

In that Spirit of generosity,
Teresa Marie

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