Truly, “it is more blessed to give than to receive,” as our Lord Jesus taught (Acts 20:35). In a selfish world where greed and envy remain at the forefront of most lives, encountering those who have cultivated the grace to give is a pleasure. Such people are refreshing models of true servanthood. There is, however, another side to such generosity: the grace to receive another’s gifts. In our culture that emphasizes self-reliance and productivity, a subtle pride can begin to develop deep within us. This pride can easily lead to an attitude that says, I’ll take care of myself, thank you…which leaves little room for acknowledging one’s needs or accepting another’s attempts to give. Grace that is really amazing is grace that is truly accepting.
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