Have you blessed anyone lately? I'm not referring to merely saying "God bless you" but rather any variety of means of blessing others -- kind words and deeds. -- "Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth." (1 Jn. 3:18) Notice the phrase "and in truth" at the end of the verse. We also bless others when we live authentically with them.
We can get so busy that we miss many opportunities to bless others. No wonder Hebrews 13:16 says, "And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Blessing others may require intentionally making time for one another.
Even more important to being a blessing is taking time to spend with God in His Word. How is that related to blessing others? God's Word thoroughly equips us for good works (2 Tim. 3:16-17). (Be sure to check out the series of posts in the MinTools.com Blog. Follow the links at the bottom of the first post.)
We have something to offer others because God has first "blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ" (Eph. 1:3). In turn, we bless others, and who knows? -- It might spur them on to bless someone else (Heb. 10:24). As we follow the example of Christ, they can follow our example (1 Cor. 11:1).
Yours in His service,
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