by Harley Howard

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The Epistle To The Romans Chapter 12:8-21 (20 of 25)
Harley Howard

The next gift that we want to look at is the GIFT OF
GIVING. This is the supernatural ability of sharing
one's substance liberally and readily. Let's look at
some other passages where this word is used: Luke
3:11, Ephesians 4:28, 1st Thessalonians 2:8.

Paul says that the person with this gift, is to give
with SIMPLICITY. This is a very interesting word.
The word means TO GIVE GENEROUSLY. The person with
this gift loves to share whatever they have with
others. Not only does the word simplicity refer to
being generous in giving, but it also means, single-
mindedness. It is a word that expresses that the
person with this gift of giving does it with a pure
motive. In other words they give joyfully and
generously without an ulterior motive. If you give to
be seen of men, not only do you NOT have the gift of
giving, but no reward from Heaven either. Your reward
is to be seen of men. The emphasis is not so much on
the amount given, but the faithful benevolence out of
a proper motivation. It is to give sincerely, with
purity of heart, faithfully to others, helpful in
assisting others in need. You know that you do NOT
have the gift of giving if you are more concerned
about keeping your excess resources than in sharing
them with others.

Next we see the GIFT OF RULING. The word for ruling
means: TO TAKE THE LEAD. It is the supernatural
ability of spiritual leadership OVER people. You
could call this the gift of leadership. It refers to
those who rule or lead God's people in God's church.

Contrary to popular belief, there is leadership in the
church. Not all positions are equal in the church
body. The church body is not a gathering together of
people without divine leadership or direction. The
church is not a place where we just share in pooled
ignorance where no one stands before the people and
leads them ...

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