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

Monday, April 6, 2015

"Give to every person that asks you. When a person takes something that is yours, don't ask for it back."
— Luke 6:30 NLT
Illustration of Luke 6:30 NLT — "Give to every person that asks you. When a person takes something that is yours, don't ask for it back."

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 anchors us to the world.

Today's Prayer

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

Related Scripture Readings

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

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.