Archive for the ‘Giving’ Category

Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account.

But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God.

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:17-19

Philippians was actually a thank you letter from the apostle Paul to a Church for their financial aid.

He said their gift was a “sweet smelling sacrifice”. Not just a complement, this referenced a specific kind of sacrifice. You can read about it in Leviticus chapters 1 and 2.

Most sacrifices were mandatory but the “sweet savour” sacrifice was different — it was completely voluntary. A small part was burned for the smell and the rest given to a priest. Giving from a heart of gratitude gets God’s attention, like the smell of breakfast in the morning — bacon frying and coffee brewing — does to us. It warms his heart.

Priests, in the Old Testament, are symbolical for followers of Christ (Rev 1:6).

The Bible tells us that as we voluntarily give to Christ’s followers — fellow christians — God is pleased and returns a blessing.

— fritz@langgang.com
Related Post: Getting More – July 13, 2011

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>Enjoyment Without Guilt


Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy – 1 Timothy 6:17

God’s gifts are for our enjoyment! If we are not enjoying them, something is wrong.

God has no problem with guilt free enjoyment, he created pleasure in the first place – enjoyment is guilt free when God, not the gift, is recognized as the source.

Our response is to be that of sharing the enjoyment with others.

[D]o good, … be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; – 1 Timothy 6:18

– fritz

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>What Love Gives


After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. – Genesis 15:1

God told Abraham, “I am your reward”.

Love always gives, but what does it give? Itself.

And that is enough.

– fritz

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