BEING REFRESHED

There is a lot of division in the world today. Maybe as much or more than anytime during my lifetime. This is especially true in the political arena, right vs. left, liberal vs. conservative, Democrat vs. Republican. But it is also true in areas of religion, social issues, etc.

I personally believe there is a Biblical Principle that has a great amount of wisdom when we consider the various areas of division we face today.

Look at what God says in Proverbs 11:24-25. (NIV), “One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”

God also says in Proverbs 25:21-22, (NIV), “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.”

This is an awesome principle to live by. And it applies in ALL areas of life, not just with those we may have a difference of opinion or belief. Throughout the Bible, God gives us His guidance in how to get along with others. This is just one example.

Let’s explore this Biblical Principle and see if we can grasp only a portion of what God wants for mankind. This is only one principle in which God is telling us how to get along with our fellow man or woman. He is showing us how to live a more abundant life, on this earth.

God’s principle is to do something for others and you will be blessed accordingly. A popular phrase today is “Pay it Forward”. Someone does something nice for one person and they in return will do a kind deed for someone else. And the process compounds or continues. Leadership author, John Maxwell says, “Your candle loses nothing when it lights another”. If you are holding a lit candle and you use it to light another candle, then that candle lights another and the process continues for many more candles. But look at the original candle. Its light and glow are still as bright as it was before it lit another candle. Now you have all the candles glowing and spreading the light, not just one. Think about this principle as it applies to the Scriptures in Proverbs stated above.

When applying this principle, the more you give the more you will be refreshed. I like to call this “Spiritual Compounding”. I believe there is much more good accomplished when we try to build up each other instead of trying to tear down others. To add something positive as opposed to something negative. What if we applied this thought? What if I personally decided to use addition and multiplication to the lives of others, instead of subtraction and division? Which would have the greater and more positive results? Would it buildup relations, if I did this, or would it tear down relationships? I believe it would enhance relationships and maybe tear down some of the areas of division.

Jesus said in John 10:10, (KJV), “The thief cometh not but to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly”.

What happens to a relationship when there is division and discord? It is stolen, killed, and destroyed. Jesus said we can have life and have it more abundantly, on this earth by caring for each other.

God in His wisdom tells us how to have a more abundant life–by refreshing others. And we in return will be refreshed also. Spiritual Compounding, if you will.