1 John 4:10-11
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love oneanother.
2. Generosity is a result of the work of the Holy Spirit
The Bible shows that when the Holy Spirit moved in the early Jerusalem church,the people were open-hearted and generous towards one another and toward the work of God. Read what happened after the Holy Spirit was poured out in the Jerusalem church atPentecost.
All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessionsand goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessionswas his own, but they shared everything they had.
The reason the believers in the early church could give so freely was because their hearts were cleansed and purified by the Holy Spirit. After we are touched by God’s HolySpirit, we can begin to understand God’s mindset toward giving. We will be able to givegenerously without thought of what we will receive in return.
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand isdoing, so that your giving may be in secret.
3. God gives to us so that we can give generously to others
God does not want us to keep the things that we have received for ourselves.When God blessed Abraham in Genesis 12, He said “I will bless the nations throughyou.” The principle we can learn from this is that God blesses us so that we can blessothers.In Matthew 10, Jesus told His disciples to give and serve others with what theyhad received from God. They received power and authority from God for a purpose—toshare God’s gifts with the world!
“Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you havereceived, freely give.”
Paul compares giving to sowing seeds.
2 Corinthians 9:6-10