Tozer Devotional

Wed, May 23, 2018

Graciously Giving and Receiving

It is a spiritual grace to help people without putting them under obligation, without humiliating them and without establishing a superior-inferior relationship. It is an art that can do good casually instead of formally or, as the teenagers say, "making a production out of it."

The world has a saying that if you want to lose a friend, do him a favor. Without doubt this saying is the crystallization of many and bitter experiences in the give and take of human relations.

But could the fault be all on one side? Maybe when we did our friend a favor we adopted a patronizing attitude that struck at his self-respect and stung him to the quick.

Surely of all people we Christians should best know how to receive favors without servility and do good without arrogance. Our Lord was a master of this art; we can learn from Him.

Verse

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35

Thought

Helping others quietly and inconspicuously and, in the same fashion receiving help when needed, encourages and preserves friendships of quality.

Prayer

O Lord, give me wisdom in graciously helping and receiving help from others.

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A. W. Tozer, a modern day prophet, was a key figure in The Christian and Missionary Alliance. His legacy reaches through time and has impacted countless millions. A prolific author and pastor, Tozer was known for his emphasis on the deeper life movement. His message, informed as it was by A.B. Simpson the founder of The Alliance, brought the missionary call to a massive audience. A series of his sermons are available as audio files.

bookHis books have been published around the world and in many languages. This devotional was compiled from the The Warfare of the Spirit Chapter 8 - The Art of Doing Good Unobtrusively—Part II

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