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The Four Laws of God's Blessing
By Rick Warren

“I will bless you . . . and you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2 (NIV) 

Most Christians want to bless others through their gifts and resources. But it’s not just a desire. God commands you to be a blessing to others because you have been blessed.

As you look for ways to bless others, keep in mind the four laws of God’s blessing:

1. Your blessings should flow to others. 

The Bible teaches that you are blessed not just so that you can feel good or so that you can be happy and comfortable. You are blessed so that you will bless others. God told Abraham in Genesis 12:2, “I will bless you . . . and you will be a blessing” (NIV). This is the first law of blessing: It must flow outwardly.

2. When you bless others, God takes care of your needs.

There’s almost nothing that God won’t do for the person who really wants to help other people. In fact, God guarantees that if you will concentrate on blessing others, he’ll take care of your needs.

In Luke 18:29-30, Jesus says, “I assure you that everyone who has given up house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the Kingdom of God, will be repaid many times over in this life, and will have eternal life in the world to come” (NLT).

When you care about helping other people, God assumes responsibility for your problems. And that’s a real blessing—because he’s much better at handling your difficulties than you are.

3. Your blessings to others will come back to you.

The more you bless other people and the more you help others, the more God blesses your life. Luke 6:38 says, “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back — given back with bonus and blessing” (The Message).

You cannot out-give God. The more you try to bless other people, the more God says, “I’m going to pour blessings out on you. We’ll play a little game here. Let’s see who will win. Let’s see who can give the most. The more you bless others, the more I’m going to bless you in return.”

4. The more God blesses you, the more he expects you to help others. 

Jesus said it this way in Luke 12:48: “Much is required from the person to whom much is given; much more is required from the person to whom much more is given” (GNT).

Never be afraid to share God’s blessings. The more generous you are with sharing what God’s given you, the more you’ll see God blessing you in return.

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