(31) DO NOT DEPRIVE PEOPLE OF THE BLESSING OF GIVING.

31. DO NOT DEPRIVE PEOPLE OF THE BLESSING OF GIVING.
Genesis 33:8-11 – “Then Esau said, ‘What do you mean by all this company which I met?’ And he said, ‘These are to find favor in the sight of my lord.’ But Esau said, ‘I have enough, my brother; keep what you have for yourself.’ And Jacob said, ‘No, please, if I have now found favor in your sight, then receive my present from my hand, inasmuch as I have seen your face as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me. Please, take my blessing that is brought to you, because God has dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.’ So he urged him, and he took it.”
Esau had plenty and so did Jacob. Jacob wanted to give a gift to his brother. Esau was reluctant but finally accepted. It is truly more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). Thus, if someone wants to give you something, do the best you can to receive it graciously–even if you don’t need it. Don’t deprive someone of the blessing that is found in being kind or generous.

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