A Generous and Refreshing Spirit

Scripture: Proverbs 11:25, ‘A generous man will prosper, he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.’

 

Observations: The word ‘refreshed’ pictures someone who waters another person’s life i.e. who generously pours out blessing and encouragement. Such a person not only refreshes another person’s soul, but they will in turn be blessed. Jesus said ‘with the measure you use it will be measured out to you (Mt 7:2),’ and ‘it is more blessed to give then to receive. (Act 20:35)’ This is how Jesus lived his life, he generously gave himself for us, so that we could receive eternal life. And because of his love for us God exalted him to the highest place (Phil 2:9-11). Just like Jesus was generous to us so we ought to be generous to others. And just like the Spirit refreshes us, so we are to encourage and help those in need.

 

Application: Do you consider yourself a generous person? It’s interesting that the previous verse says that if you ‘withhold unduly’ you will ‘come to poverty.’ A generous spirit brings joy and blessing, while a stingy spirit brings unhappiness and grief. So I encourage you to be generous. Secondly, are you someone who refreshes others, who waters people’s lives with joy and encouragement? Are you someone who shares the grace that God has poured into your life with those around you? Maybe today you could look for an opportunity to be generous and refresh someone else.

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You that You are so generous to me, that not only did You give Your Only Son, but that He gave his life for me, and that He gave me His Spirit who lives in me. And Lord, You have blessed me in so many other ways as well. Lord, help me to be generous to others just as You have been generous to me. And Lord, help me to encourage others, that I might be a source of refreshment and blessing to them. May I bring joy to others as You have brought joy to me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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