You shall generously give to him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all your undertakings
Clearly, being generous with those in need is something God requires of us. God commands generosity from us because in so doing it is supporting the social fabric that God Himself instituted in creation.
To be generous is not to give with the motivation to receive a return on your investment. To be generous is to give out a love, joy or compassion that moves you to do what you can to meet a need. To be truly generous is not to give with regard to yourself but to the other person. To be truly generous is costly, to benefit gained for the other person is considered more valuable than the personal cost incurred.
When we live and act with generosity, it pleases God. It pleases Him because by obeying His command we are honouring to Him. But more than that being generous reflect His character to others. God is a generous God!
God is generous towards us in the riches of His love. God is generous towards us in that He gave, at great cost, His Son that we may live! He is generous to us in His unsearchable mercies that wash away the guilty stain of our sin.
God is generous so that we can be generous. When we are generous there can be no doubt the please in which we live becomes a better place to live. Why? We are reflecting the character of God.
Not only that, there is another little bonus for the generous. God says when you are generous and show a concern and regard for others, even when it comes at a cost yourself, then I will bless you! “I will bless you and cause you to know my blessings in ALL your work and in all you put your hand to!”
Why? Because the generous person proves to God they can be trusted with the blessings of God.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for your generosity towards me. Enable me by your Spirit to cultivate generosity in my life toward others. I love you Father, Amen