I know that the Word teaches that it is more blessed to give than to receive, and I'm positive that the Lord Jesus Christ said it, but I can't seem to find it in the Gospels. The concept is obviously in the Word, but I'm not finding the text. I know there are passages we sometimes quote that seem like they are right from the Bible, like “This too shall pass” or “Cleanliness is next to godliness.” Is this one of those?
The truth is that this text is found in the Bible in the book of Acts, when Paul is giving his farewell address to the church elders from Ephesus. Paul actually quotes Jesus when he talks to them: “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). Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit, offers us the words of Christ not found in any other portion of Scripture.