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‘The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.’ Luke 6:38 NLT

When the offering plate was passed in church, a woman didn’t put anything in. When she complained all the way home about the service, her little boy said, ‘Mum, if you don’t put anything in, you won’t get anything out.’

Relationships are like this—you get out what you put in. This truth frees you to make all your relationships rich and rewarding by becoming a giver rather than a taker. When it comes to marriage, some people think of the romance, sexual fulfilment, and of getting things that reinforce the lifestyle they’ve become accustomed to (or want to become accustomed to!) They think they can take whatever they want from a never-ending supply—instant, low maintenance, satisfaction guaranteed!

Then one day they dip in and come up empty. And it happens again. And again! Three times—and out! Shocked, disappointed, angry and frustrated, they conclude that their spouse failed them. Why else would the relationship be so empty so suddenly? So they go looking for someone new. The truth is, it’s your responsibility to develop a rich relationship through giving as well as taking. This is true for friendships as well as marriages. If you never give, then your selfishness will turn people off. If you never take, then you’re a doormat, not a mate.

Jesus said, ‘The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.’ If you put in nothing you get the same back. But when you do give, Jesus says your return will be multiplied: ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’ (Luke 6:38 NIV)

SoulFood: Rom 7:1–9:16, John 8:42–59, Ps 83:9–18, Prov 29:23–27

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2017

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