Thursday, November 17, 2011

"No one can take advantage of you if you are being generous."

I do not know if I made this quote up, but I used to say it five years ago. I had almost completely forgotten about it. Even after I was reminded within the past year, my response was, "that doesn't sound like something I would say." Thankfully just tonight I remembered a situation from many years ago when I truly believed and lived like no one could take advantage of you when you're being generous. It was joyful back then and it was joyful now to remember.

Biblical virtues are not simply actions but involve a lifestyle.

38 comments:

Suzanne Evans said...

I like it, Dan. Even if someone is willfully taking advantage of me and inwardly gloating about it, at the very least, in my generosity I am doing good to an enemy, as per Christ's command and per His Father's example. I myself was once the enemy for whom Christ died. It was God's kindness in spite of my enmity that brought me to repentance. Perhaps being "taken advantage of" and thus loving an enemy will result in a soul's salvation. An eternal consequence of great value in exchange for a trifling inconvenience.

Anonymous said...

Amen!!!

Dale said...

An interesting thought; I wouldn't mind reading more explanation. Hope you're doing well, Dan.

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