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Relational Generosity – 关系慷慨

Relational Generosity
Written by Boyd Bailey

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Therefore I [Paul] am all the more eager to send him [Epaphroditus], so that when you see him again you may be glad and I may have less anxiety. So then, welcome him in the Lord with great joy, and honor people like him, because he almost died for the work of Christ. Philippians 2:28-30

Relational generosity is the richest form of giving. It’s entrusting together two people I know, for the purpose of them getting to know one another. My willingness to use my influence to bring together two people for the sake of a growing relationship can become a fruitful investment. I am a much richer person today because friends have unselfishly introduced me to their friends over the years. Many times I gained a new friend who became a messenger of Christ for me in that season of my life. Relational generosity is a catalyst for God’s will. Jesus works through people.

Paul was open-handed with his loyal friend Epaphroditus. His love for his brother, co-worker and fellow soldier in the faith did not keep Paul from sharing this stellar servant of the Lord with other needy saints. Though Paul suffered in a Roman prison, he willingly commissioned his trusted friend to serve other friends at a church hundreds of miles away in Philippi. But, Paul implored those benefiting from Epaphroditus’ sacrifice to joyfully welcome him in the Lord. Grateful recipients of relational generosity honor the gift and the giver.

“For he [Epaphroditus] longs for all of you [Philippi church] and is distressed because you heard he was ill. Indeed he was ill, and almost died. But God had mercy on him, and not on him only but also on me [Paul], to spare me sorrow upon sorrow” (Philippians 2:26-27).

What friend or acquaintance needs an introduction to someone you know? Someone suffering from an emotional or physical illness may need an introduction to a doctor you know who specializes in their area of pain. A new friend out of work could use your recommendation to a company you know is hiring. Maybe you need to release a relationship for a season, so they can serve the Lord in another part of the world. Relational generosity is risky. Things may not work out or someone may get hurt. Your part is to obey and patiently trust God to work out His will.

“I [Paul] have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you [Philippi church] sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God” (Philippians 4:18).

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Prayer
Heavenly Father, help me care for the relationships you have given me in a way that points them to you, in Jesus’ name, amen.

Application
Who are two people I know who need to get to know one another?

Related Reading
Matthew 5:47; Philippians 4:3; Philemon 1:2; 1 Corinthians 16:18

Taken from Boyd’s newest 40 day devotional book: Wisdom For Living

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Our willingness to use our influence to bring together two people for the sake of a growing relationship can become our most fruitful investment. #wisdomhunters #generosity #truth #Jesus

关系慷慨
由Boyd Bailey撰写

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因此,我(保罗)更加渴望派遣他(以弗所书),这样当您再次见到他时,您可能会感到高兴,而我的焦虑感就会减少。因此,就当以极大的喜乐欢迎他,并荣耀像他这样的人,因为他几乎为基督的工作而死。腓2:28-30

关系慷慨是最丰富的捐赠形式。它将我认识的两个人托付在一起,目的是让他们彼此认识。我愿意利用自己的影响力将两个人聚在一起,以建立不断发展的关系,这将成为一项富有成果的投资。我今天是一个富有的人,因为多年来朋友们无私地向我介绍了他们。很多时候,我认识了一个新朋友,在我生命的那个季节,他成为了我的基督使者。关系宽宏是神旨意的催化剂。耶稣通过人工作。

保罗与他的忠实朋友以弗所持开放态度。他出于对兄弟,同事和同胞的信仰的热爱,并未阻止保罗与其他有需要的圣徒分享这位主的恒星仆人。尽管保罗在罗马监狱中受苦,但他还是愿意委托他值得信赖的朋友在腓立比几百英里外的一座教堂里为其他朋友服务。但是,保罗恳请那些受益于以弗所书的牺牲的人欢喜地欢迎他。感恩的关系慷慨的接受者尊重礼物和给予者。

“因为他(以弗所书记)渴望你们所有人(腓立比教堂),并且因为您听说他病了而感到沮丧。的确,他病了,差点丧命。但是上帝怜悯他,不仅怜悯他,而且怜悯我[保罗],使我免遭悲伤的痛苦”(腓立比书2:26-27)。

哪个朋友或熟人需要介绍您认识的人?患有情感或身体疾病的人可能需要向您认识的专门介绍他们痛苦领域的医生介绍。失业的新朋友可能会使用您对推荐的公司的推荐。也许您需要解除一个季节的关系,这样他们才能在世界的另一部分服务主。关系宽容是有风险的。事情可能无法解决,或者可能会造成伤害。您的职责是服从并耐心地信任上帝,以履行祂的旨意。

“我(保罗)已收到全额付款,而且还绰绰有余。现在,我已经从埃帕弗洛迪图斯那里得到了充足的礼物,你(腓立比教堂)寄了礼物。他们是献香的,是可以接受的牺牲,要讨神喜悦”(腓立比书4:18)。

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祷告
天父,请帮助我照顾您与我的关系,以耶稣的名义将它们指向您,阿们。

应用
我认识的两个人是谁,需要彼此认识?

相关阅读
马太福音5:47;腓4:3;腓利门书1:2; 1哥林多前书16:18

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我们愿意利用自己的影响力将两个人聚在一起,以增进关系,这将成为我们最富有成果的投资。 #智慧#慷慨#耶稣#智慧

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