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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Learning To Be Generous Regardless Of The Occasion

In review of 2 Corinthians 9:11 it says, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

Bottom Line:
The blessings God has given you allow you to be generous. This generosity allows those who receive it to give thanks and praise to God.

What this means to me:
God has enriched, blessed and made me rich enough in every way so that I can be generous on every occasion. My generosity will result in those who receive it, giving thanksgiving, praise and honor to God from it.

In my life, God has made me rich in every way such that I can be generous on every occasion, which will ultimately result in thanksgiving to God.

What I’m learning is that God doesn’t bless me so I can be greedy and hoard it for myself; instead he blesses me so that I can be generous. I give away, and God gives back to me so I can give more away and he can give more back to me and on and on and on. God doesn’t give me things so that I can pile them up. When I let go of what’s in my hand, it becomes empty to receive even greater blessings from God.

However, God’s giving is based on my attitude. That’s why it’s so important to live with an attitude of gratitude. The Bible says, “This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God” (2 Corinthians 9:12).

When I give, I’m performing a service. To serve and to give is the same thing. It’s two actions of love. I can’t love without serving and giving. And the best part is this: My service leads to expressions of thanksgiving to God.

This morning, I’ll take a few minutes to pray and express my gratitude to God.