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westcorphotels > ACT OF GIVING > 7 Chapter Six: The Heart That Gives
A man with the natural heart is selfish, greedy and wicked.

"The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." - Gen.6:5

He thinks only about himself, he is always after what he has to gain for himself in everything, sometimes he goes to the extent of displeasing others to please himself. He doesn't care about others as long as he is satisfied. He put himself first above all things, he satisfies himself first before thinking about others, not to talk of going outside his comfort to satisfy others.

The natural heart seeks for its interest and not the interest of others. The natural heart is proud and is not willing to submit or even subject itself to people equal to or lower than him. A man with the natural heart cannot give willingly and freely, even when he gives, he gives for a selfish motive, either to receive recognition, fame, acceptance, or something in return and such giving cannot be accepted and rewarded by G.o.d.

It takes a heart that has completely submitted to Christ to give willingly, freely and cheerfully. You need to conform to the image of Christ. If you do not have the life of Christ, it will be difficult for you to give. You need to emulate the lifestyle of Christ about giving. Being a Christian is living for others and not yourself.

Christ lived his life for men; he came to serve and not to be served.

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"For the Son of man also came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." - Mark 10:45

He loved men and has compa.s.sion on them; Christ showed his love for us by laying down his life so that we can have life, and we are also to do the same for our fellow brethren by laying our lives for them, which is living for them.

"By this we know love that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren." - I John 3:16

But you cannot do this if you don't have love. Love is the foundation of every true and faithful giving. Christ did not come to the world to preach religion but to show us the true and perfect life we ought to live. He did this by living the life to show us an example. The Disciples of Christ were first called Christians in Antioch (Act 11:26) because people saw them that they were behaving and living a life like Christ, though in today's world people have ascribed the name Christians to those who wors.h.i.+p in Church even if they are not living the life of Christ.

To have the heart that gives, you need to conform to the ordinance of Christ because when you do that, your natural selfish, greedy and wicked heart will be taken away and you will have a new heart with the life that gives freely, willingly and cheerfully. You will have a heart like Christ. You don't need to put all the rules of giving in your head; you will just fin

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