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Weekend Edition – The Paradox of Giving

August 15, 2009

These posts are designed to offer Biblical insights into money and finances straight from the Word itself.  I like to include the ESV Study Bible notes as well for further reflection.  This weekend’s passage comes from Proverbs 11:24:

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.

Because there is a God who blesses generosity and withholds blessing from the greedy, this paradoxical proverb makes perfect sense. 

We cannot outgive God.  When we have a loose grip on our money and give it away, God blesses by giving more to us so we can continue to give to others.  When we are selfish and hoard our money, God will oftentimes stop the flow of blessing since we are no longer using it for His glory and others needs.  How about you?  Have you found this to be true in your own life?


This Week’s Links

How Much Do You Need to Retire was picked in the Best of Money Carnival held at Mighty Bargain Hunter

Should You Give Money to a Homeless Person was discussed on the Wise Money Matters Podcast

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