Giving

Giving means "to bestow, especially officially, to confer; to accord or tender to another, to entrust to another." A gift is something that you bestow voluntarily and without compensation. Giving is generosity in action.

Giving is a law of doing, a virtue and a Via Christa Degree. Giving is the keynote of the second lesser trinity of the 33 Via Christa Degrees, and it includes the Degrees of Inspiration, Justice and Religion.









Edna Lister on Giving

God gives you what you give others. – Edna Lister, Mind: Broadcasting and Tuning In, January 26, 1933.

You benefit not by getting love, but by freely giving love. – Edna Lister, The Sermon on the Mount, January 31, 1933.

You must earn everything, and you receive through giving. – Edna Lister, Recognizing Your Good, April 22, 1934.

The standard of action always has two phases, giving and receiving: Giving is the action, and receiving is the reaction. If your action is the giving of the good, it will automatically create expansion, leading you and others toward the Light. Anything less creates contraction, which blocks greater Light. Right action is always reciprocal. Reciprocity is the state or condition of being reciprocal, a state or relationship in which there is mutual action and influence, giving and receiving. – Edna Lister, Your Standard of Action, March 22, 1935.

To teach is the impulse of every noble soul, which is a form of giving. – Edna Lister, The Fourth Degree, April 6, 1935.

You must give of yourself in complete sacrifice, to be used by God's Power. – Edna Lister, The Sacredness of All Life, April 12, 1935.

Triumph comes from giving to God first. – Edna Lister, Remembrance, September 4, 1938.

Drudgery polishes the idea of giving, of being willing to do anything to become the servant of all. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 9, 1939.

God's pleasure is to give, as the Master said, "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom." – Luke 12:32. – Edna Lister, Flaming Desire, May 26, 1941.

Be great enough to give all and ask nothing in return. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 28, 1941.

You cannot wait to receive more before giving more. If you do, chances are you'll never create the opportunity to show the world how good you are. Someone will always beat you to the next step by just a few minutes. Edna Lister, Life in a Nutshell, "Your Five-Year Plan," 1942.

You must give enough of what you ask from others. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 1, 1942.

Be ever alert and pray without ceasing, for you cannot have as your own anything you do not give. Prayer does return to you as added things. It does come home. – Edna Lister, From a letter to a student, July 9, 1942.

God gives law as a gift, free and complete, so that you may always know exactly what to do when you meet a problem. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, August 12, 1942.

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. – Luke 6:38. Think only of God, and give to man. You may not even remember that you are giving, but unconsciously give in "good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over" of God through you, as the perfect servant of all His Power. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, December 1, 1942.

You cannot attain soul conquering with lip service, but by what you give to God. Lay all self, which interferes with your soul's desires, on the altar now. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 3, 1943.

Lay down your old ways of living, your selfish ways, your interfering ways, your demanding ways, for the unselfish ways of God. You find the outer expression of the ways of God in giving, giving, giving, without thought of how much or how little you are giving. – Edna Lister, Five Keys of the Kingdom, 1945.

Each bit of self lifted as a precious gift to God, calls from His heart of love an avalanche of joys. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, January 2, 1945.

This is the law of all creation: Give and you shall receive. A tithing of each moment of praising is used to cover the world's spiritual debts, or they never would be paid. So, it takes more giving to make visible each one's creations. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 1, 1945.

What you give in prayer shall be returned to you in abundance. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 21, 1945.

Give while you may to God and man. Wherever you see or feel a need, give. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 5, 1945.

Love cannot fill a vessel already full. God cannot fill you unless you empty the old. You must learn many laws well before you empty your vessel. You could empty it all at once, but you do not. As you empty your vessel, a drop at a time, God puts in a drop of Light. Drop for drop, God gives as you do. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 17, 1945.

When someone compliments you, say, "Father, let him receive double." Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 15, 1946.

Give, yet make no one selfish. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 17, 1947.

Make the other fellow feel big about giving a gift and prepare the way for him to give. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 5, 1948.

Maintain a constant watchfulness over giving and receiving so that you will do great things. – Edna Lister, Gifts and Giving, June 14, 1953.

Debts of darkness are the only gifts you have to give the Father. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 4, 1955.

The "more and more plan" of life is giving of yourself instead of feeling that you can't. – Edna Lister, Eternal Youth, 1956, 1965, 1969, 1976.

Don't be a go-getter, but a go-giver. – Edna Lister, From Halley's Comet to Spaceships, January 29, 1956.

How can you say, "I don't have to take this! He can't do this to me!" Remember, "This is mine to lift." Make resentments and thoughts of self gifts to God, and not from the teeth out. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 14, 1956.

God's gifts are not to be mocked by man. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 14, 1956.

Our keynote is giving, not asking. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 22, 1956.

You cannot make headway in life unless you are on the giving end. – Edna Lister, The Life: Your Practice October 28, 1956.

A "gift" means "I give a gift of self for others." Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 5, 1956.

You either give what you have to God or you give to demand credits for what you have given. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 17, 1956.

You can afford to be generous, because if you look up, the Father will o'ershadow you. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 18, 1956.

Someone who loves enough must deliberately scrape it up and give all darkness to the Father as their gift. It ascends according to the purity of our mind, heart and purpose. You cannot lift any more than you are. You cannot lift any higher than you are. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 26, 1956.

"Come, sup with me and I will sup with you" is a challenge to ascend, to think higher. More life is necessary to give, to love, to live. Let the old satisfaction go to grasp the new life. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 20, 1957.

Give! Like a clogged pepper shaker, you just clear another hole, when you could open it totally if you move up in consciousness and let. Take the lid off your shaker and stop relying on little holes. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 20, 1957.

God never rebukes or reprimands without giving you a supreme gift of regal attitudes and expressions in exchange for old ones. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 10, 1957.

You receive the fresh manna, which God gives daily, only when you hold "I AM" consciousness. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 6, 1957.

You do not yet know your great destiny, the Power of your spoken word or the gifts to come. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 4, 1957.

Bless the invisible gift and increase it one thousandfold, as it goes forth, and in its return to the giver. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 3, 1957.

Anyone who is conscious of giving is living under self-imposed martyrdom. – Edna Lister, The Point of No Return, December 15, 1957.

When you think you are giving too much, you stop giving, stop drawing on the Power moving through, and sag at the seams. – Edna Lister, Come Ye Apart, April 20, 1958.

When you give love, you get love. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, September 8, 1958.

Make illness a gift to the Father to cleanse a taint in your desire body. Then you are free to ascend. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 9, 1958.

Treasures of darkness in the self are the only gifts you have to give God. A line of Light runs to the anchor of the first dark speck you lift. "I now name as mine everything the world repudiates, and I lift it to the Father." Repudiate nothing! Darkness seems worse when you draw near the Light because you become a whirling sun center of Light that draws in all to be lifted. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, October 17, 1958.

The art of loving is the art of balanced giving. You have no business giving in a way that spoils or ruins another's joy. – Edna Lister, Idealization, May 10, 1959.

All that comes is a gift of God. Someone might hand you "salt" instead of "sugar." If they call you a name, it is a darkness "gift" you give, in turn, to God. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 24, 1959.

Call everything that you receive a "gift" to increase it ten thousandfold in vibration. Thank God for it, with no pinpricks on givers' lack of generosity. Declare the increase to return to the stingiest person you know, and the change will come to you. Share with the stingy the divine Mind, Power and Substance that manifests as cars, clothes, trips. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 24, 1959.

Paint in beauty whatever the world gives you. All that comes to you is a good gift from God that dashes around the world touching every similar vibration before it returns. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, May 24, 1959.

You are each in your own place, working out your comprehension of law and you are compensated in proportion to your own stingy giving. – Edna Lister, Your Full Birthright, December 6, 1959.

Give the love of God selflessly, generously, totally. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, February 22, 1960.

Giving creates wealth, but withholding impoverishes the soul. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, June 6, 1960.

One of the greatest keys to the kingdom is "Diligence where thou art." You begin by praising and thanking God for the gift of life within you, and take off from there. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 30, 1962.

The greatest gift is to look into the face of darkness and worship Light. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 2, 1962.

The note of love you strike opens the vibration. The trick is to lay all your gifts on the altar, especially the dark, smudgy ones, and let your love ride forth pure, unanchored by problems of living in the world. This is how you take your shoes off at the door to Holy of Holies and lay your worldly gifts on the altar. – Edna Lister, Loyalty: Your Chief Officer, April 15, 1962.

Begin the day with an expectant attitude and desire to cover others' transgressions, take the blame, lift the error and give more love to open the full kingdom of the Source. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, April 27, 1962.

Some people belong to houses, land, cars and food, others to money. Some belong to self so totally that they never think of giving, and so never receive anything of law. – Edna Lister, True Thought Forms Your Ideals and Desires, September 9, 1962.

Make every task a gift to the Lord. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, March 24, 1963.

Dedicate yourself to conquering today with your first thought in the morning. Make negative things gifts to God, and use only love. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 8, 1963.

I lift, as my gift to God, everything the world can connect my name with as a participant or as a bystander. This is the only way I, as an initiate, can be certain my subconscious self cannot get away with anything, and the only way I can control it into obedience. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, July 28, 1964.

We are always giving and doing. What returns to us tells us what we are really giving and doing. – Edna Lister, Love in Action, August 4, 1964.

You must balance giving with receiving. Receive Light from above, then give it out. – Edna Lister, Number: The Spoken Word, November 23, 1965.

God sent us here to live by the principle of giving. When you feel drained by giving, another gift can tear away the veils. – Edna Lister, Unpublished Papers, November 4, 1968.

Your effort of love, the quality of your belief in love governs your giving. – Edna Lister, The Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes, December 13, 1970.

There is no gift without the giver, no love without one who loves; otherwise, all giving is all for self. – Edna Lister, The Prodigal Son, December 20, 1970.

To inspire others, you must give beyond what they expect. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

People say, "I'd give you the shirt off my back." Give less shirt and more love. – Edna Lister, Undated Papers, 1933-1971.

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A Story That Illustrates Gifts and Giving

Giving What You Do Have: Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, Look on us. And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk. And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God. – Acts 3:1-8.

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New Testament on Giving

Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away. – Matthew 5:42.

Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. – Luke 6:30.

Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again. – Luke 6:38.

Everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him God will ask the more. – Luke 12:48.

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. – Matthew 7:6.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. – Matthew 7:7 and Luke 11:9.

Freely ye have received, freely give. – Matthew 10:8.

For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. – Matthew 13:12.

For he that hath, to him shall be given: and he that hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he hath. – Mark 4:25.

Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have. – Luke 8:18.

For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me – Matthew 19:21. [Give up the "world."]

Give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. – Luke 11:41.

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. – Luke 12:32.

For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more. – Luke 12:48.

If ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own? – Luke 16:12.

For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. 3:35 The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand. – John 3:34-35.

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. – John 6:37. [All that the Father gives you will come to you, and you may by no means cast out the one who comes to you.]

And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. – John 6:39. [The Father's will is that of all He has given you, you should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.]

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. – John 10:11.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. – John 14:27. [Christ gave you his peace eternally, not as the world gives.]

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Old Testament on Gifts and Giving

Tithing, the vow of the tenth part: And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee. – Genesis 28:20-22.

Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. – Psalm 29:1-2.

Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. – Psalm 37:4.

The wicked borroweth, and payeth not again: but the righteous sheweth mercy, and giveth. – Psalm 37:21.

God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light. – Psalm 118:27.

The Lord gives wisdom: out of his mouth comes knowledge and understanding. – Proverbs 2:6.

[The Lord] scorns the scorners: but he gives grace unto the lowly. – Proverbs 3:34.

A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men. – Proverbs 18:16.

He that hath pity upon the poor lends unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. – Proverbs 19:17.

Whoso boasts himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain. – Proverbs 25:14.

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: 25:22 For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee. – Proverbs 25:21-22.

The poor and the deceitful man meet together: the Lord lightens both their eyes. – Proverbs 29:13.

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Gifts and Giving in Other Sacred Writings

There can no good come to him who is always occupied in evil, nor to him who gives no alms. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 12:3.

Give to the godly man, and help not a sinner. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 12:4.

Give unto the good, and help not the sinner. – Wisdom of Ben Sirach 12:7.

Feed those who are hungry, and give repose to those who are weary, and raise up those who wish to rise, and awaken those who sleep, for you are the understanding that is drawn forth. If strength acts thus, it becomes even stronger. – The Gospel of Truth, Codex I, 3 and XII, 2:52.

God is pure, immeasurable mind. He is life-giving life. He is a blessedness-giving blessed One. He is knowledge-giving knowledge. He is goodness-giving goodness. He is mercy and redemption-giving mercy. He is grace-giving grace, not because He possesses it, but because He gives the immeasurable, incomprehensible Light. – The Apocryphon of John, Codex III, 10.

Faith receives, love gives. No one will be able to receive without faith. No one will be able to give without love. Because of this, in order that we may indeed receive, we believe, and in order that we may love, we give, since if one gives without love, he has no profit from what he has given. – Gospel of Philip, Codex II, 3.

He who has received a gift does not have to give it back, but of him who has borrowed it at interest, payment is demanded. This is the way it happens to one who experiences a mystery. – Gospel of Philip, Codex II, 3.

If the disciple of God is sensible, he understands what discipleship is all about. The bodily forms will not deceive him, but he will look at the condition of the soul of each one and speak with him. There are many animals in the world which are in a human form. When he identifies them, to the swine he will throw acorns, to the cattle he will throw barley and chaff and grass, to the dogs he will throw bones. To the slaves he will give only the elementary lessons, to the children he will give the complete instruction. – Gospel of Philip, Codex II, 3.

Truth is like ignorance: while it is hidden, it rests in itself, but when it is revealed and is recognized, it is praised, inasmuch as it is stronger than ignorance and error. It gives freedom. – Gospel of Philip, Codex II, 3.

Some, who although having wings, rush upon the visible things that are far from the truth. For the fire, which guides them, will give them an illusion of truth, will shine on them with a perishable beauty, and it will imprison them in a dark sweetness and captivate them with fragrant pleasure. And it has fettered them with its chains and bound all their limbs with the bitterness of the bondage of lust for those visible things that will decay and change and swerve by impulse. They are attracted downwards; as they are killed, they are assimilated to all the beasts of the perishable realm. – Thomas the Contender, Codex II, 7.

[This "fire" is not the high Light, but the creative fire, which being rooted and grounded in desire, seduces the body to attend to the "truth of appearances" first. Thus is the human will suborned and eventually corrupted to serve the dubious pleasures of the physical.].

Do not lay down any rules beyond what Christ appointed, and do not give a law like the lawgiver lest you be constrained by it. – Gospel of Mary 4:38.

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Etymology of giving: Middle English given, from Old Norse gefa, "to give."


Giving is a law of doing.

Giving is a Via Christa Degree.

Giving is a soul virtue.



Quote

Giving is true having. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon



References

Spurgeon, Charles Haddon. John Ploughman's Talk: Or, Plain Advice for Plain People. Philadelphia: Henry Altemus, 1896, 184.

The Compact Edition of The Oxford English Dictionary: 2 volumes. E.S.C. Weiner, editor. Oxford University Press, 1971.

The Holy Bible. King James Version (KJV).

The Nag Hammadi Library. James M. Robinson, editor. San Francisco: Harper and Row, 1981.


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