The Spirit of Generosity

November 2017: A Word From Dr. Stanley

Thanksgiving is a day we dedicate to thanking God for all the blessings He has lavished upon us. It’s also a good time to consider how we might likewise develop a spirit of generosity toward others. As Christians, we should seek to follow Christ’s example in every area of life, and that includes giving.

In Luke 6:38, Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.” It’s interesting that the verse doesn’t say what is to be given. This scripture is often associated with money, but the context shows Jesus is talking about much more—blessing and loving others, doing good, lending, showing mercy, and refraining from demanding our rights (Luke 6:27-38).

Generosity could be giving of your money to meet a need—or giving of your time to listen.

So where might you find opportunity to develop generosity? It could be by giving of your money to meet a need—or giving of your time to listen. Maybe you could be more open to blessing someone who’s treated you poorly or showing mercy when the natural inclination would be judgmental. Perhaps the most convicting part of the verse is that by our standard of measure, it will be measured back to us.

Developing a generous spirit requires us to take our eyes off ourselves and instead focus on God—and others. I pray this month’s devotions will help you discover how He could use you to bless someone else.

 
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38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure--pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."

27 But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

29 Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either.

30 Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back.

31 Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.

34 If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount.

35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men.

36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

37 Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.

38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure--pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."

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