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  • Writer's pictureJoseph A. Bias


Extravagant and unrestrained cheerful giving can result in severe conditions of overwhelming blessings to those afflicted with it. Those under the influence of this condition have been known to breakout in dancing and joyful singing with laughter and a sense of wellbeing.

If you encounter anyone displaying any of these symptoms don't resist them. Their behavior can be highly contagious. Your best protection from catching this condition is pessimism, cynicism, negativism and criticism. Greed and selfishness have also proven effective in avoiding their happiness, joy and overall sense life fulfillment.

In the event you do contract the condition, you need to know that it could change your life forever.

"Let each one [give] as he has made up his own mind and purposed in his heart, not reluctantly or sorrowfully or under compulsion, for God loves (He takes pleasure in, prizes above other things, and is unwilling to abandon or to do without) a cheerful (joyous, “prompt to do it”) giver [whose heart is in his giving]. And God is able to make all grace (every favor and earthly blessing) come to you in abundance, so that you may always and under all circumstances and whatever the need be self-sufficient [possessing enough to require no aid or support and furnished in abundance for every good work and charitable donation]. As it is written, He [the benevolent person] scatters abroad; He gives to the poor; His deeds of justice and goodness and kindness and benevolence will go on and endure forever! And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity]. Thus you will be enriched in all things and in every way, so that you can be generous, and [your generosity as it is] administered by us will bring forth thanksgiving to God. For the service that the ministering of this fund renders does not only fully supply what is lacking to the saints (God’s people), but it also overflows in many [cries of] thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:7-12 AMP

This Christmas whether you have a little or a lot, make it your aim to give abundantly as you are able, and let the practice of cheerful giving become one marker of your identity as an imitator of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

By the power of the Holy Spirit working in you, do that which is well-pleasing in God's sight and all that you do in the name of Jesus Christ, motivated by His love will be multiplied to you thirty, sixty, even a hundred-fold now in this time. Share the Good News and watch it spread far and wide until all have heard.

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