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It always costs to give

It costs to give a gift, and Christmas-time reminds us of this.

There are two ways we might give – begrudgingly, ‘because Aunt Betty always expects one’… Or willingly, with love and excitement in the hope that our gift will bring joy.

Whatever our attitude in giving, the cost is there. We have spent our money, energy and time to get that present under the tree.

But is the cost worth it?

Most days we sacrifice ourselves for someone or something.

God understands sacrifice, because he sent his son Jesus as our gift. He couldn’t have given anything more valuable in order to pay the price for our rejection of him.

And it’s only when we understand the magnitude of what he’s done in setting us free that we can give to others without expecting reward or payment. We’re giving from a place of blessing and joy.

Giving isn’t easy, and it should be done thoughtfully. But I pray the love of Christ would propel us to sacrifice for others because we know what’s already been done for us.

“Remember this β€” a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. ‘For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.'” (2 Corinthians 9:6-7 NLT)

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11 thoughts on “It always costs to give

  1. What a lovely message today. Some time ago, I realized that if I couldn’t give “cheerfully”, the effort (and money) were wasted–and the hurt I caused myself was more costly than whatever cash I’d spent. When I give with my whole heart, the blessing is multiplied and I’m the one made rich–God’s economy, you can’t beat it, can you?!! God bless you BIG–love, sis Caddo

    1. Thanks Caddo. That’s really insightful. It’s so true, that giving without love or joy is far more costly. God’s economy sure is the best one, and I pray we’d all know the blessing of giving from the right place, in His strength.
      Thanks so much for your encouraging comments.
      Have an awesome day!

  2. Sometimes my gifts aren’t as great as I’d like them to be, for whatever reason. But I’m encouraged by the love He gives me to add to whatever I give. Thank you, Ali , and God bless you as you give and receive!

    1. Yes! – gifts given with His love are priceless. A beautiful thought – may we all keep giving from the heart. Thanks so much for stopping by to read, Debbie, and being such a blessing!

  3. Perfect for this time of year. I love to give gifts as long as it doesn’t turn into a spending contest (that has happened in the past, and it wasn’t fun anymore.) We’ve agreed at work not to do gifts, but I’m giving everyone in my department a few Ghirardelli chocolate squares with a card. (That’s not really a gift, right? πŸ™‚ )

    Giving from the heart (whether it be to friends or the Lord) brings joy. And that’s priceless.

    1. Yes I know what spending contests can be like! I think keeping it small and thoughtful makes sense. And that’s nice – I would always be happy with a bit of chocolate! Thanks for dropping by and enjoy the season Janna πŸ™‚

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