Reciprocity


Have you seen a person that loves to give to the needs of the poor? It seems they always have enough even though they are taking from what they have and giving it away. How does this happen? It can be understood as the principle of reciprocity and is noted in Proverbs 22:9, "A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor."

Nehemiah was an example of this, for instead of using his power as Governor over Judah during the captivity to live in luxury he did not eat the food allotted to the governor but out of his own means served over 150 people at his table every day for twelve years. He saw to it that those who were poor either had food or a way to obtain food. (Nehemiah 5:12-19)

God is willing to give back to those who are willing to give up what they have. He reciprocates in His time to those who extend their hand to others. God's standard is sacrifice, not convenience. He loves a "cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7)  He wants us to follow in His example expressed by the psalmists as "The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing." (Psalm 145:16)

As I encourage you to give, keep this in mind. It must be done out of a motive that is higher than mere gratification of your own feelings. It should be done with a joyful heart, in obedience to the direction of God, and with Him receiving the glory. Remember always that it is a privilege to give and some do not have that privilege because of greed or self-aggrandizement or because of their lowly state. It is a pure heart that can give, be happy about it, and rest in God's reciprocity for their needs.
What are some ways you could help supply the necessities of life for the poor?

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