Devotional: ‘The Dividends of Friendliness’

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Ecclesiastes 11:1 “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.”

After many years of working with people, I have noticed something very important. For some, whenever they are in trouble, it seems as though there are many are eager to come to their aid. Yet at the same time, others who may face similar needs, have few who seem to come and care. Why is that?

Perhaps we may say that it is because of a show of favoritism. The book of James teaches us that it is sin to prefer the rich over the poor. (see James 2:1-8) Yet I believe that there is another reason other than showing partiality. People who receive care and attention are often those who have given care and attention. Consider this example from the Bible.

In the book of Acts there is a story of a woman named Dorcas. One day Dorcas became very sick and died. In desperation the members of her church called for Peter to come and help. Scripture says that when Peter arrived, he saw multitudes of widows standing around her bed, weeping as they showed him the garments Dorcas had made for each of them. Dorcas had endeared herself to these widows by caring for their needs; and now, in return, these same widows were expressing their deep love for this dear saint. (read Acts 9:36-41)

Solomon teaches us that friendliness pays a dividend. “Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again.” (Ecclesiastes 11:1) People who share their bread with those in need are those who will receive bread in their time of need.

 

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