Being Generous Isn’t about How Much You Give
By Rick Warren
“You must decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” (2 Corinthians 9:7 NLT, second edition)
Christmas isn’t primarily about compassion. It’s about generosity. First and foremost it’s about God’s generosity toward us that was demonstrated when he gave his one and only Son so that we could have new life.
Because of this truth, as we are in the Christmas season, there’s no better attitude we can develop than generosity. Being generous isn’t about how much you give. The amount is irrelevant. It’s all about your attitude! The Bible says, “Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have”(2 Corinthians 8:12 NLT, second edition).
Generosity isn’t about your wealth; it’s about your willingness — to help others, to show love to other people, and to honor God.
In 2 Corinthians 9:7, God gives us three specific characteristics of an attitude of authentic generosity: “You must decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”
This kind of biblical generosity is:
Be generous with your giving. Again, it’s not about the amount you give — it doesn’t have to be about money at all. You can be generous with your time or with your talents. Whatever you give, do it thoughtfully, voluntarily, and cheerfully.
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