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HOW TO BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS!
Pastor Vic Quisumbing   /   Oct 12, 2014
   

We would like to believe that many of us today are much more deliberate in being a true blessing to each other. The fact is we all struggle in that area of our lives. Let’s face it, everyone wants and needs a blessing. Genesis 27 illustrates this quite well. The story is about Isaac who had two sons, Esau and Jacob. Nearing the end of his life, Isaac wanted to give his blessing to his oldest son, Esau. But Jacob, through the conniving of his mother, tricked Isaac into giving him the blessing that was intended for Esau. When Esau heard that his father had blessed Jacob, "He cried out with a loud and bitter cry and said to his father, “‘Bless me"me too, my father!”

There is not enough anguish in his words to properly communicate what was in Esau's voice when he said, "Bless me too, my father."  This is the cry of every child to his or her parents. This is the cry of every spouse to his or her mate. This is the cry of people we rub shoulders with every day. It may even be our cry. Genuine acceptance is an unmet need in so many people today, but you know it does not have to be that way. You can give a blessing to those people.  Here are three ways to bless others.

A BLESSING NEEDS TO BE FELT (Genesis 27:21-22)

In the Scriptures, touch played an important part in the bestowal of the family blessing. When Isaac blessed Jacob, an embrace and a kiss were involved. The same is true today. We want and often need to feel the embrace of those we love.

Have you ever noticed how often the Gospel writers speak of Jesus touching people? He touched the sick, the lepers, the blind, the deaf, the prostitutes, and the outcast. A tender moment in the life of Christ was when the children came to Him in Mark 10:13-16.

Never neglect the impact of meaningful touches. Hugs, holding hands, the stroke of a head, and the arm around a shoulder all communicate acceptance, approval, importance and value. To neglect meaningful touch is to fail to transmit the blessing to others.

A BLESSING NEEDS TO BE SPOKEN (Genesis 27:27)

In the Scriptures the family blessing hinged, also, on a spoken message. Abraham spoke a blessing to Isaac and Isaac spoke it to his son Jacob. Jacob spoke it to each of his twelve sons and to two of his grandchildren. You see, a blessing is not a blessing unless it is spoken.

Words can be the source of healing, forgiveness and life. Our children, our spouse, our friends, our work associates " everyone we rub shoulders with " long to hear words of approval, acceptance, and affection. With the spoken blessing, we express the value and worth of the individual.

A BLESSING ATTACHES SPECIAL VALUE TO THE PERSON (Genesis 27:27-29)

To express words of high value in some people we don’t have to look very deep or very far. But for others it means that sometimes we must dig deep to discover the value of that person. Sometimes it means that we must see what others do not see. We must see the potential and point it out to that individual. You can turn someone's life around by giving them a blessing. Through meaningful touch, a spoken word, and pointing out their value you have the power to change the direction of someone's life.

Perhaps today you do not feel blessed. Your parents may never be able to bless you, but there is a heavenly Father anxious to bless you. He wants to bless you every day of your life. You don’t have to come to God pretending you are someone else. You can come just as you are, feeling inadequate or like a failure, knowing you are a sinner, and God will love you, forgive you, and accept you, and make you His child and bless you.
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