Tuesday, October 19, 2010

daily text 10/19

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
"The man is good who is gracious and is lending. He sustains his affairs with justice" (Psalm 112:5)

You have no doubt observed that people who give help to others are not always gracious. Some give in a patronizing or begrudging way. It is not pleasant to receive help from one who makes you feel inferior or who makes you feel that you are a nuisance or a burden. By contrast, how refreshing it is to receive help from someone who is gracious. Jehovah is the outstanding example of a gracious, happy Giver. (1 Timothy 1:11; James 1:5, 17) Jesus Christ perfectly reflected his Father's gracious example. (Mark 1:40-42) Thus, to be viewed by God as righteous, we give cheerfully and graciously, especially in field service when offering spiritual help to our neighbors. Additionally, to please God justice is required of all Christians in their dealings with one another and with unbelievers, including in business matters.—Micah 6:8, 11
(Watchtower issue: 3/15/09, 4:13, 14)

I was looking at the definitions of "graciousness" and it's interesting that the word "gracious" used to be synonymous with the word "godly"...showing how closely related that quality is associated with God. But here are some of the current definitions:

Gracious: kind, courteous, polite, merciful, compassionate, accomodating, amiable, pleasing
Graciousness: Courteous, kind, and pleasant, especially toward someone of lower social status