Financial Peace Through Generosity
May 14, 2021
Scripture Resource Passage: 2 Corinthians 9:7-15
Disciples gathered, could be known as groups of generous people. It’s a good choice. The instruction is precise: “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion…” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Today’s Scripture resource passage from 2 Corinthians establishes a precedent for generous actions. However, personal generosity is an internal decision, blessing others as disciples live-out their spiritual gratitude.
Oddly, generosity is not listed in what we know as the “gifts of the Spirit,” (1 Corinthians 12). Neither does generosity appear in Romans 12, an occasion with a careful listing of God’s gifting. One specific recommendation to all disciples encourages financial kindness within the churches. An apostle writes, “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”(Romans 12:13).
The kindness of God, the graciousness of Christ and the full-filling of the Spirit means we are generously blessed. While the word may be missing, the practice of responsibility for others dominates each of the letters to the 1stcentury church in Corinth. Financial generosity demonstrates faith.
Our heritage of financial generosity is also rooted in the Faith’s rich soil. Old Testament passages such as Leviticus 25 and Deuteronomy 15 increase and affirm this understanding. Psalm 41:1-3 strengthens the development of our personal growth. God blesses disciples who seek the discovery of financial peace through generosity.
- Are there precise and vital ways you can be generous?
- Who first taught you about God’s generosity?
- Would those who know you best describe you as generous?