Fresh Hope – 26th November 2020

We don’t do things for God, with a selfish ambition. That would not be doing it for God, and God knows the motives of our heart. 

But there are biblical promises and principles that are in the Bible for the very purpose of releasing blessing over your life. God wants you to be blessed, so he gives you some pretty clear, and practical handles on how to be. 

Here are five things you can do for others that the Bible promises will release blessing on your life: 

1. Be kind. Kindness goes a long way. Kindness is not this soft and passive attribute, it is actually very powerful in the kingdom of God. The promise of kindness according to Proverbs is that ‘those who are kind benefit themselves’ (Proverbs 11:17). 

2. Be generous. There is more than enough evidence in scripture that living an open-handed life will release blessing into your life. ‘One person gives freely, yet gains even more…a generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed’ (Proverbs 11: 24&25). 

3. Be forgiving. This one can be a tough one. Letting go of what others have wrongly done to you is a challenge. The Bible is clear though that if you cannot forgive others, how can you expect God to forgive you. If you have truly had a revelation of God’s grace and mercy toward your shortcomings, you should have the ability to extend it to others. By forgiving others, you release blessing in your life and save yourself from the destructive power of bitterness. 

4. Have a heart for the poor. We are called to have a generous lifestyle, but more than that, have a heart for people in lack and need. God says that when we serve those struggling, we are honouring God himself. Isaiah 58:10 says, ‘If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday’.

Proverbs 14:21 says, ‘blessed is he who is generous to the poor’. It seems that as we look after the poor, God looks after us. 

5. Promote peace. Proverbs 12:20 says, ‘…those who promote peace have joy’. Someone who is not promoting peace is someone whose words are reckless, and lips cause division through gossip or lies. A peace promoter, is someone with a tongue that instead heals and builds. A peace promoter is someone who is trustworthy and ‘God delights in people who are trustworthy’ (Proverbs 12:22).  

Emma Burchell

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