• Michael Haldas

Giving and Receiving


“Union with the Lord Jesus is freely given to those who thirst – if they will extend His feast to others by directing them to Him: “Freely you have received, freely give” (Mt 10:8).” (Dynamis 5/23/2019)

‘And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20:35). The quotation from Christ is not recorded in the four Gospels (see Jn 21:25 - And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written). Clearly this is something Jesus must have said repeatedly that was taught by Paul and the other Apostles. It emphasizes the importance of giving as it relates to receiving blessing. We should not understand this like some base transaction, but rather as a deep spiritual truth. To draw near to God, to have union with Him, to have our image conform to His likeness, we need to give of ourselves, in whatever capacity we have, with the purpose of drawing others to Him. And we must do this freely solely out of love for Him.” (Orthodox Study Bible, Acts 20:35, Sacramental Living Blog)

“Joy and lasting happiness come from an abundance of the Holy Spirit, not an abundance of stuff, and we are reminded that “it is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Note: not just “better to give”, but “more blessed to give”—i.e. the blessing of God descends upon our lives when we give, not when we get. The obsession with acquiring does not lead to a more blessed life of joy and fulfillment.” (Fr. Lawrence Farley)

“And so we therefore see why it is that we give, and why we give seriously. This is part of our healing. Giving, rather than taking, is what the life of the Kingdom of Christ entails. As He showed us, it is a Kingdom of love, not a Kingdom of customer service. We are brought into the Kingdom to be healed, and that healing paradoxically comes when we seek not to be served but to serve (Matt. 20:28). To love and to serve is to sacrifice, to count it to be more blessed to give rather than to receive (Acts 20:35). When we do that, we become more like Christ. And that is what it means for us to be healed, to become fully alive rather than half dead.” (Father Andrew Stephen Damick)

“God blesses us so that we can bless others. He does not show us His goodness so that we can hoard it all to ourselves without concern for the hurts of those around us…Give a little of yourself, even though you feel stretched already. One certain way to receive encouragement, hope, or companionship is to give it.” (Charles F. Stanley, Gretchen Thompson)

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