“And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times,
having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”
– 2 Corinthians 9:8 (NIV)
Daily Meditation: Luke 6, Matthew 6
I can’t think of a single person who does not like to be blessed. I know I surely do! As Christians, we have the opportunity to give blessings to each other on a daily basis. What do blessings look like? They can be gifts, words of affirmation, praying for one another, or even the act of forgiving. A blessing can come in pretty much any form, based on what the person needs right then and there. It’s through showing blessing that we really live out the practical side of love, empathy, and kindness.
We are so blessed! God blesses us each day with good health, shelter, food to eat, friends, and family. God has modeled giving good gifts, and we should seek to follow his example. The Bible talks about striving to be like Christ every single day, and we can live that out through the act of blessing others.
It’s worth noting that, as explained in 1 Corinthians 13, we are nothing without love. Our heart attitude is at least as important as our outward action, so when we give someone a blessing with a wrong attitude, it is meaningless to them and to God. You can usually tell when someone is doing something without really meaning it; it makes the gift taste bitter. The Lord looks at the heart, and he knows the motivation of our heart when we’re giving to someone else.
Deuteronomy 15:10 (NIV) says, “Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” Giving blessings not only blesses the people we are giving to, it can also bless us in return!
And what is the main reason we bless other people in the first place? Because we’ve been impossibly blessed! God blessed us beyond imagination by sending his one and only son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. What an example of sacrificial love!
“I believe He wants us to love others so much that we go to extremes to help them.”
– Francis Chan
God has blessed us more than we could ever imagine, so let’s be a blessing to others on a daily basis, bringing change and love to the people around us. Today, let’s make it our mission to bless someone else through the act of giving, prayer, or an encouraging word. Every day we should focus on being a blessing to someone in some way.
Let’s let 2019 be the year we grow closer to the Lord and become the fearless, strong, and faithful woman we are meant to be in Him! In Be Fearless, Julie Clinton provides a scripturally-sound guide for finding freedom, purpose, joy… and fearlessness. Be Fearless is now available in our store! https://www.aacc.net/product/be-fearless/ Consider working through Be Fearless with another extraordinary woman or group this year!
Julie Clinton, MAd, MBA, is president of Extraordinary Women and host of EWomen conferences all across America. She is the author of several books including A Woman’s Path to Emotional Freedom, 10 Things You Aren’t Telling Him, and Extraordinary Women. She is passionate about seeing women live out their dreams by finding their freedom in Christ. Julie and her husband, Tim, live in Virginia with their children, Megan and Zach.