“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” (Acts 20:35).
When we give, we share what we have with someone else. When we receive, someone else shares what they have with us. In both cases we are blessed, but we are more blessed when we give than when we receive. Why? I suppose because God has created us so.
I don’t know how much of a “give and take” relationship there is between the three persons of the Godhead, but I think that communication is impossible without giving and receiving; therefore there must be a lot of giving and receiving in the Godhead.
The world would not have come into being, had God not decided to start giving. In the beginning, He was just giving without receiving. There was nothing and no one to receive from. I suppose this is the main reason why giving is more blessed than receiving: because when someone is just giving, he is 100% creating. I can only try to imagine the joy of seeing something that has never been before come into being. The Bible says God was greatly delighted when He saw everything He had created.
As created beings, we cannot exist without receiving. We receive from God everything we need and we are blessed, because God is “blessful”. Had we been made as being only able to receive without being able to give, we would only communicate with God and not with each other. Giving makes exchange possible, which is another reason why we are blessed when we do it. We exchange what we have and we enrich each other not only materially, but also immaterially.
Caring for somebody else’s needs increases that person’s trust in us and spurs the development of our relationship. Giving often means revealing. When we reveal more of ourselves, the other person often responds by revealing more of himself, which also helps deepen our relationship. As for me, there is nothing more beautiful and exciting than a relationship between two or more people sharing their lives with ever growing respect, understanding, appreciation, consideration and support.
And one last remark on the immediate context, in which this principle is stated: The apostle Paul was exhorting the Christians in Ephesus to share with the weak what they had earned by hard work, motivating them to do so by Jesus’ words and by giving himself as an example. He obviously knew what it felt like to be more blessed by giving than by receiving.