Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
Support the weak; supply the wants of the feeble and destitute. The words of the Lord Jesus; a saying of our Lord not recorded in the gospels, though the truth which it contains was taught abundantly by Jesus Christ on many occasions. More blessed to give than to receive; to be instrumental in communicating blessings, than in merely receiving them. If a minister of the gospel is not supported by others, it is no dishonor and no dereliction of duty for him to labor, working with his own hands, that he may supply his necessities; and in proportion as he resembles his Lord, he will find that the excellence, usefulness, and happiness of communicating blessings are greater than of merely receiving them. The soul is so made, that if it would be good, it must do good; and if it would be happy, it must delight in making others happy.