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II CORINTHIANS 9: 5
Jesus Christ said, "Freely you have received, freely give" (Matthew
He further said, "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure,
pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your
bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to
you" (Luke 6:38).
You quickly get the impression generosity is becoming of God's
He taught us to pray, "Give us this day our daily bread..." We are the
recipients of His giving.
"Every good and every perfect gift is from above and comes down
from the Father of lights" (James 1: 17).
In old England an elderly widow was overheard by some young
pranksters praying in her humble cottage for her daily bread. They knew at
what time she did so each day.
One day one of them climbed up on her roof and hearing her prayer
dropped a loaf of bread down her chimney. Hearing her expressions of
delight they knocked on her door. When she responded the cruel boys
mocked her for thinking it was from the Lord.
She said, "It did come from the Lord even if He used representatives
of the devil to deliver it."
God delivers in mysterious ways and distinctive times --- BUT He
In staff meeting this week one gracious lady commented that we tend
to accept God's graciousness as though it is what we deserve.
I. A DEFINITION OF GENEROSITY
Liberality, unselfishness, and graciousness mark the generous
individual. Generosity is a quality of one who believes that "the earth is the
Lord's and everything in it." He does not possess his goods in such a way
that they possess him.
He sees himself as a steward of all that God has given to him. He
recognizes that God's blessings are to be used for blessing others. But he
does not bless others carelessly. He is not reckless with what is God's.
A balance must be faithfully maintained if liberality is to b ...
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