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"Happiness is..."

Acts 20: 33-35

This month is a happy one for many.

Graduation has come at last; the summer vacation is just ahead; and the weather is much more pleasant. All of these marks of the season we anticipate and enjoy.

While enjoying the benefits of the season, note that the apostle Paul pointed to one way we can experience happiness all year long. "Remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'" (Acts 20: 35 NIV).

Other translations make it even clearer. "It makes one happier to give than to get" (Acts 20: 35, Williams).

"More blessings come from giving than receiving" (Acts 20: 35, CEV).

These words are not to be taken casually. "It is more blessed to give than to receive" are the words of the living Christ. They're true. Happiness is giving - giving yourself to serve others in Jesus' name and giving your financial resources through your church to help others know the kind of happiness that only the Lord Jesus makes possible.

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