2 Corinthians 9:15 (NIV) Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
Acts 15:11 (MSG) “We are saved because the Master Jesus amazingly and out of sheer generosity moved to save us…”
John 1:16 (MSG)“We all live off God’s generous bounty, gift after gift after gift.”
WHY IS IT ESSENTIAL TO LEARN GENEROSITY?
1. IT MAKES ME MORE LIKE GOD
Psalm 37:21 (NLT) “The godly are generous givers.
1 Chron. 29:14 (LB) “Everything we have has come from you Lord, and we can only give you what is yours already!” Give me back mine!
2 Cor. 9:13 (NLT) “You will be glorifying God through your generous gifts. For your generosity to them will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.”
2. IT IS A CURE FOR SELFISHNESS
Prov. 18:1 (CEV) “It’s selfish and stupid to think only of yourself.”
Prov. 1:18-19 (NLT) “The greedy set an ambush for themselves; they booby-trap their own lives! It is the fate of all who are greedy. It ends up robbing them of life.”
3. IT DEEPENS RELATIONSHIPS
2 Cor. 9:11-12 (GW) “Your generosity… not only provides for the needs of God’s people, but also produces prayers of thanksgiving to God.”
4. IT STRETCHES MY FAITH
2 Cor. 9:13 (Ph) “Your giving proves the reality of your faith…”
2 Cor. 9:6 (NIV) “Whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”
5. IT BLESSES ME BACK
Deut. 15:10 (NIV) “Give generously to others and do so without a grudging heart; THEN BECAUSE OF THIS the Lord will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”
Psalm 112:5 “Good will come to those who are generous…”
Prov. 11:24 (NLT) “It is possible to give freely and become more wealthy, but those who are stingy will lose everything.”
Prov. 11:25 (NIV) “A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”
Acts 20:35c (ESV) “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Luke 6:38 (ESV) Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap.