Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ 

This scripture shows up often around the holidays encouraging people to give. It is more of a blessing to give than to receive. Although it’s more of a blessing to give than to receive, we still have to learn how to receive.

Receiving may not come easy to everyone. Several factors get in the way that prevent us from being good receivers. Some of those factors include, pride, fear, or obligation. Some have too much pride to take handouts from anyone. Some fear being in debt to someone else. Some don’t want to obligate themselves to give back to the person who gave to them. 

There’s one thing we must remember. It’s not the person who is giving to us. It’s God working through the person to give to us. If we don’t realize this, we’ll turn down blessings God’s attempting to give to us simply because it’s coming through a person. 

So, remove all the pride and fear and become better receivers.