An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Gift or Bribe?

(Proverbs 21:14 KJV)  A gift in secret pacifieth anger: and a reward in the bosom strong wrath.

What is the difference between a “gift” (4976) and a “reward” (bribe NASB) (7810)?  They are the same action, giving something of value to another, yet seem to imply totally different things.  We see both words used here.  They are totally different words.  The first seems to be always translated “gift” and the second includes both meanings.

We must look to attitudes.  Why was the thing of value given?  What was your motive?  Did you give because you wanted something in return or did you give because you wanted to share?  One is frowned on in our culture.  The other happens on almost every special occasion. 

So?  What is your motive for giving to God?  This involves time, talent and treasure.  We need to realize that nothing we give has value to God absent the right attitude.  Cultivate the joy of giving. 

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