Dead? or Alive!
(Giving or Receiving)
He who receives but does not give is as stagnant and unattractive as the Dead Sea.
All the fresh waters of the Jordan River cannot enliven and refresh its dead salt depths, for it self-devotedly receives and never gives. It hoards and never shares. Its own self-absorption has consigned it to death—the Dead Sea.
Comparatively, all the streams of God’s bounty cannot animate and invigorate a heart that has no outlet, one that ever receives, but never overflows and gives. Like the Dead Sea, such a self-centered existence is only a Dead Life.
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That man may last, but never lives,
Who much receives, but nothing gives;
Whom none can love, whom none can thank,—
Creation's blot, creation’s blank
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"I have showed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35
"For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself." Romans14:7