I have Given and it has been Given to me | Day 14 July 14 2015, 0 Comments

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This is Day 14 of 48 of the #TruthAboutWhoYouAre series. Thank you so much for joining in on this journey with me. I hope you are inspired over this 7 week series.

Today's post is written by my beautiful mom. She's an amazing woman - has been married for over 40 years to my dad. I am so thankful for the wisdom she has to offer and hope this touches your life! Follow her along in her journey on Instagram: @janicekmoore

I have given, and it is given to me; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, men give into my bosom - Luke 6:38

I love fireworks! This past 4th of July we had the most amazing, up close view of the explosions of color. Ava, our almost 7 year old granddaughter, was snuggled in my lap as we watched the beautiful display in the sky form a canopy above us. I told her that each firework is so different; kind of like snowflakes. She responded, “They are like people, too. Some people say two look alike, but their attitudes make them so different.” What a profound statement and how obviously observant our sweet girl is of the people around her. Attitude starts with the heart.

This conversation made me think of the scripture for today, Luke 6:38. I’m sure most Christians have only heard this scripture used during a giving message. Yes, God loves when we give and He also loves to bless us, but He is most interested in the heart behind the giving. It’s not about “getting” when you give. It’s about the motive behind the giving. Not only is Jesus talking about giving of our finances in this passage, but He is teaching us a life principle of giving. Luke 6:35-38 in The Message Bible says it best.

“I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never -I promise- regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind. Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults-unless, of course, you want the same treatment. Don’t condemn those who are down; that hardness can boomerang. Be easy on people; you’ll find life a lot easier. Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely give back – give back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity.” Luke 6:35-38

There was a time in my life when I would read this passage, but would still justify my thoughts and actions toward others. I would often question myself wondering where these attitudes began.  Matthew 15:18 says “But what comes out of the mouth gets it start in the heart.” I had to allow God to work on my heart by choosing each day to be happy (yes, it takes a daily effort!), looking for God’s goodness in the craziest of circumstances, being grateful for even the smallest of things and finding good in others. Through the peaks of life and the lowest of low valleys, I have come to a place where I am so humbled before Him and grateful for all that He has done for me and my family. There have been so many life lessons along the journey about loving others, forgiving, being merciful and holding back judgment. There is freedom in choosing to embrace others even when they are so different. Jesus didn’t turn his back on the people who were not like Him; he loved them into their full potential. So, “I have given and it has been given to me; good measure; pressed down, shaken together and running over!”

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The scriptures used for this series came from Joyce Meyers download, “Who God Made You To Be”