If anyone ... sees his brother in need, but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 1 John 3:17
God is most generous in sharing with us the very best He has: His earth, His Son, and His heaven. He gives us life and what we need to sustain and enrich it; strength and skill to work and provide for our daily needs; special talents and aptitudes to better the quality of our lives; experience for living wisely; abundant resources we can manipulate for our comfort and pleasure; opportunity to grow in knowledge, both temporal and spiritual; hope, comfort, and courage to sustain us in life's dark hours; faith to live by and to die by. He does all this not only that we may live fully and well but that others also may benefit from His gifts to us.
God delights in giving each of us a special variety of gifts. In doing so, He always has the interests of a larger group in mind, not just the success of one individual. Even those whose gifts are limited, He gives opportunity for sharing.
A well-known scientist states that man has now discovered that he is made for cooperation. It's about time! God has been saying that for ages: 'Love one another and share with one another."
PRAYER: O God, we are often slow and stingy in sharing when we are able and there are so many needs. Give us a generous heart and a willingness to share what we have with others; for Jesus' sake. Amen.
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