What Jesus Did! 'Generous to a Fault' — Luke 6:30

Thursday, April 6, 2023

[Jesus continued his teaching on our interactions with others, commanding,] "Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don't try to get them back."
— Luke 6:30 NLT

Key Thought

Our stuff often owns us. We can even get more attached to our stuff than to the people in our lives. When our things are taken from us, we can be more concerned about the things than we are about the heart of the person who took those things. God wants us to be generous with others, just as he is generous with us. God poured out his grace so lavishly. Do some people abuse that grace? Absolutely! Is God sorry he offered us his grace? Absolutely not! Some people will abuse us financially or take advantage of us in a "deal." Rather than destroying the reputation of the church and bringing ruin on ourselves through bitterness, we need to forgive and let go of what can anchor us to this world.

Today's Prayer

O Father, give me open hands and an open heart to deal generously with those around me. Please help keep me from becoming bitter toward those who take advantage of me. Help me control my desire for "my justice," and help me seek after your grace, mercy, and generosity and offer the same to others. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Philemon 1:6
  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
  • Ephesians 4:28: Philippians 2:1-3

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Illustration of Luke 6:30 NLT — [Jesus continued his teaching on our interactions with others, commanding,] "Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don't try to get them back."

About This Devotional

What Jesus Did! is a series of one-year devotional guides through each gospel, using one short scripture passage each day and following the Gospel in sequential order. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage and a reflection and a prayer which open up the day's scripture and show how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

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