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More Blessed To Receive?

In Acts (20:35), Luke quotes Paul quoting Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Like many Americans, I find it more difficult to receive than to give. In the frontier spirit I do not want to be obligated to anyone. As soon as I receive something, I make a quick subconscious calculation to determine what I must do in return to even the balance of payments, or tilt it slightly in my favor. My stiffest resistance to the grace of God is my uneasiness when I get something for nothing.

– Patrick Henry, The Ironic Christian's Companion: Finding the Marks of God’s Grace in the World (New York: Riverhead, 1999).