August 16, 2018: SOAP #3178:  2Kings 24; Jeremiah 22; Psalm 112; John 18 Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 112:5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice. Observation:   No one will ever be more generous than God!   He gave his only begotten Son to die for the sins […]

August 16, 2018: SOAP #3178:  2Kings 24; Jeremiah 22; Psalm 112; John 18

Scripture:  Psalm (NIV) 112:5 Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely, who conducts his affairs with justice.

Observation:   No one will ever be more generous than God!   He gave his only begotten Son to die for the sins of mankind!   No human alive can ever exceed that generosity!     Generosity is a major part of His character.   It is an expression of His amazing love.

Application:   When God's love fills our hearts, one natural expression is generosity.   It would be hard to call a person loving who is not generous.   A lack of generosity would be unnatural for a loving person.

People can see the benefits of generosity and train themselves to be generous, so I do not see generosity as clear proof that a person has Christ living within.   However, a lack of generosity would be a strong indicator that Jesus is not living in their lives.

People who are generous see their possessions as belonging to God.   God has been generous in supplying, so they can be generous in passing them on to others.   People who are not generous, may consider their possessions as belonging to them.   They earned them.   The need to keep them.   They take joy in ownership.

Prayer:      Heavenly Father, thank you for your generosity to me!   Holy Spirit, teach me to be generous in serving you and in serving others.      Amen

Pastor Leon
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