Friday, August 12, 2016

2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-10

2 Corinthians 9:6-10
Brothers and sisters:
Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly,
and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
Each must do as already determined, without sadness or compulsion,
for God loves a cheerful giver.
Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you,
so that in all things, always having all you need,
you may have an abundance for every good work.

As it is written:
He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor;
his righteousness endures forever.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

~*~


Dear Ones,

This is a passage that I had never read, but it contains such promise! How could one who reads it and believes turn away from its lesson.

I feel certain that everyone has heard the saying "you reap what you sow."

A few thoughts come to mind with the first line of this passage above. This just doesn't apply to "farming", it is intended to speak about God's people on earth. I you sow sparingly, you are sowing in your home, with your family, your friends and your church. If you do no reach out and sow bountifully in your heart and soul everyday, what can you expect in return.  A friend calls to you that they need your help in some way. Does a Christian turn his back on that friend? They should not, but many do. God has given you many of his Graces so that you can take them into your heart and do what is right in the eyes of God. He gives this with great delight. But, if you ignore God's Graces and act on your own to be selfish and ungiving, you may not endure forever.  In these Graces, God has given you all that you need, so why do you constantly feel you are entitled to MORE?

He [you] scatters abroad [in all areas of your life] ..... your righteousness will endure forever. It will endure forever first, here on earth, and "forever" in the Kingdom of God.

The one who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food
will supply and multiply your seed
and increase the harvest of your righteousness.

It is in giving with a cheerful heart that you will reap all that heaven has to offer. God will always see that you get what you need, and not just what you want. In a cheerful giving to others of yourself and your talents that brings the greatest harvest of your soul - which is eternal Righteousness.

If you are infirmed and are unable to go out and help others, perhaps you can help within your own family and circle of friends. Profess the word of our God and the Son, Jesus. 

It isn't difficult to find your "niche" in giving in the name of God. God loves you, and He has given you the Graces you need to help others wherever you go.

How about:
- the cashier at the grocery store. They are serving you by ringing up your purchases;
- the young man or woman who takes your groceries to your car even in rain and unloads them;
- the Priest who has given his life to live modestly and  to always be there at Mass time to serve you;
- the strangers you meet in all kinds of places, where you interact with them, do you say "Have a blessed Day";
- your children and husband. God has brought you all together, and it is here that you can so easily sow and reap your righteousness; after all, God gave you these things;
- the person who delivers your mail, are you spreading your righteousness to them when you see them? 
 - the police force and firemen that keep your neighborhood safe, and that means you, your family, and your neighbors;
- are there activities in your Church where you could be giving of yourself for your church and your Pastor,
- Last but not the least, our American Armed forces who fight for the freedom in this country for you to worship openly, and to keep you and your country safe.
These are just a few examples for you when you are thinking "I don't know what else I can do." In my life, whether it is a friend, neighbor, store clerk, whatever - as I depart you will always hear me say "Have a Blessed Day!"  Sometimes saying this appears to stun people because there is not enough love in the world and it is the last thing they expected. They will more times than not thank you and repeat "You have a blessed day, too."

It is  up to you to seek out many times those subtle suggestions that God has put before you. Perhaps you are in denial???? There's always a place or person that needs a righteous Christian to be there and advise or help them in whatever way is needed. If there is a special need, one that you cannot perform, ask your Christian Brothers and Sisters to help, even if it is to ask for prayers.

I feel I have written enough that you SHOULD understand this passage. Read it over every few minutes and see what comes to mind. I have a few suggestions that came to me to be righteous in many ways. I rise to the challenge!

Remember: It is doing with a GLAD heart that shows God how much you love him.

Lovingly in Jesus,
ABBEY
 

 
 


 

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