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BUILD OTHERS UP

Paul pens in 1 Corinthians 10 that “the Lord gave us authority for building you up, not tearing you down.”  Those who are leaders in the church must always seek to build up the folks God has placed under their care.  It is all too easy for leaders to tear down those whom they have authority over if they communicate with a spirit of harshness and criticism.

Just as in the church, so it is in the home.  Husbands should seek to build up their wives, not tear them down.  Parents in the same way should seek to build up their children and not unnecessarily make them angry or frustrated.  Children should also be taught to have that same spirit of building up their siblings and not use harsh words which tear them down.

We live in a society that in these Last Days is increasingly wicked and where tearing down and finding fault with others is becoming the acceptable norm.  Our church and our families can shine brightly for Jesus if we always seek to build others up.

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REAP WHAT YOU SOW

The One Year Bible reading for today in 2 Corinthians 9:1-15 definitely fits with ‘Labor Day’ week.
 
We have heard that “you reap what you sow” or “you get out what you put in”. How true are these statements?  
 
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 
 
In (v.6), there seems to be validation to those statements. We actually reap far more than what we sow through our giving. What we give to the Lord He multiplies. We need to learn to give without hesitation or second thoughts (v.7) and the faith in knowing he provides more than we need (v.8).
 
10 For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity[e] in you.
 
Hang on to and handle your financial responsibilities but shift the financial worries to God. Allow your generosity to supersede your worries and God will be praised (v.11). Instead of feeling pressured to be generous and give, we should view giving as an act of obedience. Demonstrating this act of trust shows the belief that God ultimately provides all our needs.
 
13 As a result of your ministry, they will give glory to God. For your generosity to them and to all believers will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ. 14 And they will pray for you with deep affection because of the overflowing grace God has given to you.
 
We’ll never know everything that God has in store for our time, gifts, and monetary giving as He reaps far more from what we sow.
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