Generosity

Generosity

Generosity is a much-needed breath of fresh air in our self-centered world. God’s Word gives us many lessons about freely giving to one another. James 2:14-26 teaches that seeing our brother or sister in need and not helping them is a betrayal of Christ’s love and teaching. How can we claim to be following Christ and not come to the aid of those in need? This passage makes it clear that our actions are to be part of our faith. If there are no actions associated with our faith God’s Word says our faith is dead. God promises blessing for all those who are generous to those in need (Proverbs 22:9). Being able to give and share what you have with others is one of the greatest joys of following Christ. The way we give and share with each other is how the love of God is demonstrated among us.

Most of the time our generosity is directed to our friends and family. Those we know will return our generosity over the course of time. This comes naturally to everyone, not just Christians. God’s Word encourages us to go further. Luke 6:32-36 teaches us to give even to our enemies without expecting anything in return. God calls us to understand his loving nature and to emulate it ourselves, because he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. God desires all men be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1Timothy 2:4). God saves his judgement until everyone has finished the journey on the path they have chosen to follow.

The Bible also addresses our attitude when we do deeds of generosity. We should do so to please our Lord and not for the praises and attention from men. Matthew 6:1-4 teaches us to go out of our way to avoid being seen giving to those we are helping. Our motivation should not be the self-gratification of others praises, but to have the compassion of Jesus on those in need. God rewards us for our giving when we honor his desire for our generosity. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 lets us know that we receive back based on how we give. God loves a cheerful giver and he provides us our grace and gives us what we need to abound in every good work.

Look at Matthew 25:31-46 Jesus teaches the very sobering lesson about how the sheep and the goats will be separated at judgement time. The message is an eye opening one of how Jesus views our generosity and servitude or lack of it toward one another. Jesus says, “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine you did for me“. This really drives home the point of how important being generous to one another and having a servant’s attitude is to God. You can just imagine those being condemned saying if I knew it was you Lord needing anything I’d have helped you in a heartbeat. This passage teaches us how God views everyone as precious and valuable. People are not to be valued with the world’s measurements and found not worthy of time or effort. God’s love is meant for all mankind and, if we are truly following Jesus, so is ours.


MEMORY VERSE:   James 2:14-17  __________________________________________________________________

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MONDAY: How generous a person do you consider yourself? Read 2Corinthians 9:6-8. Do you give reluctantly or freely when asked to? Does anything hold you back from giving generously?

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TUESDAY: Read 2 Corinthians 9:10-15. What does this passage tell us about God’s purpose and plan for our generosity? Is seeing God praised for your good deeds a motivation to you?

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WEDNESDAY: Read 2 Corinthians 8:1-7. What is so encouraging about where the Macedonian’s church rich generosity came from? What kind of conditions were they in? What kind of attitude did these early Christians demonstrate toward giving? Do you have an attitude of wanting to excel in giving?

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THURSDAY: Read Galatians 6:7-10What is the promise for us if we do not grow weary in doing good? Do you make opportunities to give to others? Notice the encouragement of where our priority in serving should be in verse 10.

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FRIDAY: Read Hebrews 13:15-16. What does this passage say that God is pleased with? Look up 2 more passages that express how our giving pleases God.

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J Family Devotional Ideas:

  1. Discuss why it is important to be generous. Talk about how God is pleased by us sharing with others because God is generous to us.

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