Be a Giver of Love by Dana Charbonneau

Giver- one who gives, the amount of bending that something undergoes.

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I have always thought of myself as a giver, one who wants to give to other people.  But as I pondered this word I came up with a new insight into giving; the bending that a giver does.

I have been reading the book The Bait of Satan by John Bevere.  I was struck by his words,  “just because you have been mistreated you do not have permission to hold onto an offense”.  Also, Bevere stated, “a pure heart is like gold, soft and pliable.”‭

According to Paul's instructions to Timothy, the Lord's servant should be “instructing his opponents with gentleness.  Perhaps God will grant them repentance leading them to the knowledge of the truth.  Then they may come to their senses and escape the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.”  2 Timothy 2:25-26 CSB

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God wants us to see the truth that forgiveness is something to give not to hold back.  Forgiveness is to be given, even if we feel we have been wronged.  In fact, even if we are correct in the fact that we have been mistreated, we need to  continue to love as Christ did and to forgive. 

Holding onto an offense creates a bitter person, and bitterness is a killer of love.

“I want to choose to and be a giver of love, not one who is looking to get love.”

This is a quote I heard during a Bible study I was in years ago.  Being a giver is so powerful. Especially when you are a giver of forgiveness.  I have to choose daily to bend and forgive.  When I do, I feel my heart opening up, and know I am becoming able to love others in a Christ-like way.