Topic: How to Bless Yourself
Scripture: The merciful, kind, and generous man benefits himself [for his deeds return to bless him], but he who is cruel and callous [to the wants of others] brings on himself retribution. — Proverbs 11:17 (AMPC)
We all have opportunities every day to either be kind to the people around us, or to be callous to their needs and ignore them. What we choose to do helps determine the lack or abundance of blessings that we receive. God’s Word clearly teaches that when we’re kind and generous toward others, our good deeds return to bless us (see Luke 6:38; Proverbs 11:25).
Over the years, how I treat others has become more and more important to me. It’s always been important to God, but sadly, it wasn’t always important to me. I’m so grateful that He’s changed me in this area of life, because I’m much happier when I purposely look for ways to bless other people rather than having myself on my mind all the time. I often say that we cannot be happy and selfish at the same time!
Do you want to increase your blessings? If so, then be on the lookout for ways you can meet others’ needs, and take steps to bless them. Whether they need a smile, an encouraging word, or some kind of help that will require your time or money . . . be ready to help! When you do, God takes note, and He’s promised to bless you back (see 2 Corinthians 9:6-8; Proverbs 19:17).
Prayer Starter: Father, please forgive me for the times I’ve been selfish, and help me grow more generous and attentive to people’s needs. Thank You for being faithful to show me how I can bless others and equipping me to help. In Jesus’ Name, amen.
Today’s Daily Devotional was culled from the book My Time with God – by
Joyce Meyer Daily Devotional 13 September 2020 Message– Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children.