Day 4: Love will always lead you to be more generous

No one likes being told what to do, especially when it comes to giving away money. 

In 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Paul tells the Corinthian church to give, not because they feel obligated to, but as a reflection of their love for others. As an example, he points to the church in Macedonia.

Believers there were facing extreme poverty and trials. Yet in the midst of their suffering, the people had overflowing joy because they were generous in giving and sharing with others rather than holding tightly the little bit they had to offer. That’s the kind of love Christians are to show to one another — real, tangible, practical, and sacrificial generosity.

Being generous doesn’t happen without intentional effort on our part (2 Corinthians 8:7). Every married couple knows the words “I love you” don’t carry much weight unless they are supported by actions. The same is true with our love for others. Saying “I love you” is not nearly as impactful as showing someone you love them.

The beauty of learning to excel in the grace of giving is that generosity is a natural response to love. Generosity isn’t something that has to be forced. When we love someone, we want to provide for their needs with our time and attention.

God gave us the perfect example of sacrificial generosity in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8). As followers of Christ, let’s put action behind our declaration and be generous in our time, finances and love.

Reflect:

  • When was the last time you did something crazy generous for someone else?
  • What’s one way that you can show love by being generous today?

Article courtesy of NewSpring 

What Does “Give Generously” Mean?

Old Testament tithing was just the beginning of giving. In the New Testament, giving is best explained in 1 Corinthians 16:2:

“Give as God has prospered you.”

We often make the mistake of believing that only the first 10% belongs to God, and the rest is ours. Nope, it’s all God’s money. He created it all.

We tithe in recognition of God’s ownership, but if we’re prospering, we should be giving more! After all, giving produces joy.

Drill Down for Good

Discovered: When you chase Feel Good; it progressively destroys good. When you chase do good; it grows feel good!

The Challenge: Drill Down for Good (Because God’s good goes deeper and lasts longer.)

  • Public
  • Private
  • Secret

The Secret to a Merry Christmas “good life”? (Join Jesus)

  1. Yoke up for His pardon.
  2. Learn to live good in secret

Close the Gratitude Gap

Scripture: Luke 17:11-19

The Gratitude Gap is the space between gratitude felt and gratitude expressed.

4 Principles (to know)

  1. Gratitude gets noticed by God.
  2. Gratitude must be expressed to exist.
  3. Gratitude defeats entitlement.
  4. Gratitude opens opportunities.

2 Practices (to do)

  1. Develop a Gratitude Routine.
  2. Improve your Gratitude Reflex.

The Principle of Multiplication

Scripture: Luke 9:12-17

1. It has to be blessed before it can multiply.

2. It has to be given away before it can multiply.

What God asked of Robert to get his finances in order:

  • Get out of debt.
  • Don’t manipulate.
  • Give.

Response: What is God asking you to do to be blessed?