“You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving”

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“You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving”

Christmas Messages

“You can give without loving but you cannot love without giving”

Christmas Reflections, Bill Heston, RTI Chaplain

2nd week December 2016

Many times we may make a gift out of obligation or even guilt, but there may not be warm feelings that go with the gift.

I heard a preacher once say that if you can’t give with the right attitude then don’t give. I have to disagree. Even if someone gives with a bad attitude: if it is to feed a hungry child, to drill a well so a remote village can have fresh water, provide an education for a college student or collect emergency supplies for a community that experienced a devastating disaster – I will give that money for these needy people and let the begrudging giver keep that grumpy attitude. The help will be the same for those who receive the gift; the money will go just as far and the food just as filling. But the giver is the loser. Instead of their heart growing bigger and healthier, it becomes smaller and harder.

Few things enrich a person’s life than a generous spirit. But for a Christian, cheerful giving is not just a nice thought; it is a mark of faith. Christians throughout history have been known as people who give, people who invest in the lives of others, people who run to need and not away from need. Generosity is a quality and not an option for a spiritually mature believer. Giving of time, influence, and resources is what Christians do. The great attraction for many of us to RTI is its values: quality product, excellent service, amazing people… and generosity that is not an afterthought; it is at the core of what RTI is and does.

Christmas is about giving. The Wisemen started the tradition and now we get to be part of the Christmas story by keeping the giving tradition going.

Give generously and bless somebody else. Give with a happy heart and get a blessing. That is a mark of true love.

II Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

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