It is more blessed to give than to receive

We live in a
world in which many people care only for themselves and their families. Some
don’t care who they have to step on, figuratively speaking, to get ahead and
make it to the “top of the ladder.”

Although the
gospels don’t quote Jesus as saying this, per se, Luke, in his later history of
the church, the book of the Acts of the
Apostles, does. It is found in Acts 20:35. The most usually quoted
version of the entire verse is from the Authorized
King James Version of 1611:

have showed you all things, how that so laboring you ought to support the weak,
and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Jesus said that
in order to be His true followers we must show love to everyone, even our
enemies. He taught that peace of mind comes from sharing His blessings with
those in need, both spiritually and financially.

Heap coals of fire on someone’s head

This idiom now refers to making a special effort to
induce guilt or remorse on another person. But we need to look at the origin
and its purpose. It comes directly from the Bible. The text most usually quoted is in St. Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, 12:20:

“Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.”

Actually, King Solomon, said to be the wisest man of
his day, wrote this in Proverbs 25:22
hundreds of years earlier, with St.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today

Maybe I should have saved this one until the 4th of July because of it’s origin, but it was just on my mind this morning. This is a warning against procrastination. Good intentions rarely reach fruition. It is a quote from third U.S. President, Thomas Jefferson (April 17, 1743—July 4, 1826), the principal author of the Declaration of Independence, who died on the fiftieth anniversary of U.S. Independence Day. Christians are not
unlike others when it comes to procrastination.