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Giving and Withholding Our “Gifts”

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Luke 6:38 “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” NIV

How many times have you heard this part of Luke 6:38 used to encourage Christians to give generous tithes and offerings to the Lord? Once? Twice? A dozen times?! I know I’ve heard it many times, and I have even printed it in a Sunday worship folder as an offering thought. Indeed, many who practice generous giving to the Lord have testified to the truth of this verse.

As I recently re-read verse 38 within the context of Luke 6:27-38, I suddenly realized something. This verse is not just saying that if we give generously to God we are going to receive His blessings in return. And this verse is certainly not saying that if we give generously to God we will become materially rich, even though there are those out there that teach that misleading thought in their “theology of prosperity”. I would hazard a guess that Jesus may not have been talking about giving material wealth at all when He said the words in Luke 6:38. In fact, Jesus may well be talking here about “doing unto others, as we would have them do unto us” rather than about giving generous tithes and offerings. Given the even broader context of the references listed at the end of this article, I believe that Jesus is talking about “giving” love, blessings, prayer, generosity, goodness, forgiveness, and mercy in abundance to all–even to one’s enemies! Jesus is also talking about “withholding” violence, evil, judgment, and condemnation from all. In Micah 6:8, we are reminded that the only things God really requires of us is justice, mercy, and humbleness–not sacrificial offerings!

Josh Billings once said, “There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.” Romans 12:20 talks about doing good to our enemy, and “in doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Although in our eyes this may seem a cruel thing to do to someone, I once heard it explained that in Bible times this was a very generous and loving act. In a time when there was no electricity and no matches, you were really hurting if your fire went out. This was your only source of warmth and cooking. A person in this plight could only go to his neighbor and hope the neighbor would take pity on him by heaping a share of his live coals into the container carried on the needy one’s head!

We already know how to give good gifts to our friends and family members on Christmas, birthdays and other special occasions. However, the year around we don’t want to forget to give to all the gifts that really count–the gifts that God gives so freely to us (and that He wants back from us!)–love, blessing, generosity, goodness, forgiveness, kindness, mercy, justice, and so on. And we certainly don’t want to forget to withhold from all the negative “gifts” of judgment, condemnation, revenge, wrath, evil, and cursing! For, as the rest of Luke 6:38 says, “…with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV)

What does God’s Word, the Bible, say about this?

Proverbs 3:27 “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.” NIV

Micah 6:8 “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord
require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Luke 6:36-38a “‘Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you.'” NIV

Acts 20:35b “…we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” NIV

Romans 12:19a20-21 “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath. On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” NIV

Now read the following Bible passages in your favorite version of the Bible:

Proverbs 3:27-28
Micah 6:6-8
Matthew 7:9-12
Luke 6:27-38
Acts 20:33-35
Romans 12:14-21
James 3:134:12

Susan Gurney writes devotionals, poetry, short stories, memoirs, and nonfiction on family history, faith and nature. She has experience writing/editing church and family newsletters. Find Susan athttp://ssimonsgurney.christianblogsites.com/blog/ Copyright 2013 Susan Simons Gurney

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Electronic Communication, comment

October 31, 2013

Healthcare Informatics Resources. (2013, May 22). Electronic Communication [Blog Post].
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Electronic communication is a great idea. It saves all the patients information electronically which makes it easy for medical personnel to pull up and read. This is helpful when the patient cannot remember or is unable to tell you his/her medical past. Although this is a great idea, and I support it fully, what I do not support is how I have been seeing it work out. I have witnessed in multiple medical settings this technology working and once the staff has figured it out, they switch programs and have to start all over. Re-learning new systems over and over again is exhausting for medical personal. They tend to have problems finding what they are looking for because the system is always changing so they end up wasting time trying to figure out the current system. If the medical community can agree to one type of system/program and do simple updates once a year then this would really be an amazing tool.
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Telemedicine for Pediatric Patients, comment

October 13, 2013

Also, the telemedicine communication link usually involves standard telephone service through high speed, wide bandwidth transmission of digital signals in conjunction with computer enhancement. Evolving alternative communication links for telemedicine include fiber optics, satellite connections, and other sophisticated peripheral equipment and software. Telemedicine can be divided into three areas: decision-making aids, remote sensing, and collaborative arrangements for real-time management of patients at a distance.

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Electronic Communication, comment

July 23, 2013

Healthcare informatics Resources, May, 24, 2013, Electronic Communication [blog post], https://healthcare-informatics-resources.com/2013/05/22/electronic-communication-comment/
My comment on electronic communications in the medical field is that this amazing tool often does not get the credit it deserves quite often because people that use these tools on a daily basis only think about how it makes their job easier, and true it does. However it does so much more than that. By reducing the amount of paper in the office it actually reduces the amount of accidents due to clerical errors, misdiagnosis, reduce the chance for under or overdosing of medications. And also increases the speed of information that travels that can mean a persons life in an emergency. There needs to be a study done on how (they’re probably already is one) many lives electronic records and systems save each year.

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Electronic Communication, comment

May 22, 2013

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My comment regarding Electronic Communication is that its a wonderful idea. Currently at my job now we are able to access the hospitals system to view the accounts of patient we are both servicing. This allows us to see there chart and why they were admitted into the hospital and what was done and so on. Its just so nice to be able to see the information our self rather then calling the hospital and speaking with the patients RN or case manager. The electronic communication really has made the process getting the durable medical equipment to the patient much faster. 

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Electronic Communication

April 26, 2013

Computers have made information in the medical field more efficient. It is now possible for a physician to pull up a patients previous hospitalization, med list, and other important information about the patient. This information is helpful because the patient may not be able to tell you his medications or is unable to. This aids the physician in treating the patient wholly. In the future it would be nice to be able to view citywide hospitalizations as well as office visits. Ideally this would include alternative healthcare practitioners such as ND’s, herbalists, and kinesiologists, just to mention a few.

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Use of informatics between schools and healthcare providers

April 25, 2013

School children are required to have a complete physical exam prior to starting school. The report is hand written by the physician and turned in by the parent to the school office. . During the school year, the child is only in contact with the school nurse if he/she is sick while in school or if he/she has an accident at school that requires medical intervention. If a child experiences problems after starting school and goes to see the physician, the school is not necessarily aware of what transpires during the visit. I see this as a potential breakdown in communication and a place where informatics could help. For instance, if the parents gave consent to the child’s doctor to release medical information to the school, then the doctor could have ongoing communication with the school nurse. I believe that if the information could be provided electronically, it would make it more convenient for the physician to share the information. Most health care providers are extremely busy and may not be willing to hand write information. With the use of electronics, the doctor could dictate the information for input by a medical assistant. The school nurse could then have easy access to that information. The school nurse could have a database for every child where this information could be stored. I think this information would be especially helpful in assessing/detecting problems associated with hearing. A child who is having difficulty hearing may be mistaken for a child who is having behavioral difficulties. The child may be placed in a special program without identifying the root of the problem. If the child’s complaints are properly identified, then the nurse could tailor her interventions accordingly. The nurse could also use this form of communication to inform the child’s physician of problems that may be initially identified at the school.

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Seasonal Allergies

April 22, 2013

I have two children who suffer from seasonal allergies. Their symptoms are similar, usually characterized by rhinitis and frequent sinus infections. These recurrent problems often lead to frequent trips to the doctor’s office. In the past, I’ve been asked by the doctor to keep a hand written account of their symptoms to take back to the office. I believe that if the information could be sent to the doctor electronically, it would be more convenient for the pt, and the doctor could share the information with other clinicians. The data could also be organized to look for any patterns between patients.

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Advantages and disadvantages of using electronic communication between pts and healthcare providers

March 6, 2011

The use of electronic communication is one way in which technology is influencing changes in the delivery of healthcare today. I recently heard a physician interview on NPR (National Public Radio). The physician, a general practitioner, uses email to communicate with his patients. The physician’s rationale is that by using email he can respond to patients in a fast and efficient manner and perhaps save them a trip to the office. I see potential advantages as well as disadvantages with this form of communication. Use of e-mail is convenient and might be seen as increasing accessibility to the healthcare provider. One potential problem I see is in the area of cultural considerations as discussed in Chapter 3 of one of my Textbooks. Many cultures use body language and other nonverbal cues in communicating concerns or revealing symptoms. Without visual observation, the healthcare provider may miss important information required to make an accurate diagnosis.

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Dehumanized provider relationships

May 3, 2010

Taking a full head to toe assessment is vital in the care and treatment of patients. Sometimes having someone listen to your problems, make eye contact, touch your hand during conversation, smile, or even make a joke can make patients feel better. I use all of the above when it comes to assessing patients. When providers or nurses are harsh and have poor interpersonal skills, patients sense this. Even if you resolve the patients problems and give them the best medication, the patient will forever remember that healthcare worker as "not nice". When an interaction is formed between the provider and patient that is positive, it may make the patient feel better instantly. Countless times I have cared for an anxious, worried, or even angry patient and was able to turn the situation into a positive one by listening and providing care tailored to each individual patient. What if that interaction is taken away? When a provider enters a patients room and only makes eye contact at the start then directly looks at a laptop for the whole assessment, the interpersonal connection with the patient significantly changes. I would even say there is no connection at all. I have seen this take place at the hospital I currently work at. The younger, more savvy doctor walks in with his cool laptop and begins his interview. Business transactions are sometimes warmer than this technique in the hospital. Then I have seen the older providers grab a seat, cross their legs, lean in and listen to the patients. What a difference it makes! The patients feel special, listened to, and this may even help the provider obtain more information from the patients. Although there are many reasons electronic charting is beneficial, the way of going about obtaining the information is crucial. Maintaining eye contact, smiling, therapeutic touch are all vital during an interview, even when the laptop is the focus of attention.

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