Weekly Devotional: A Generous Heart

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“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.” — 2 Corinthians 9:6, NIV

Generous: many of us would probably like to consider ourselves generous but what exactly does it mean to be generous and how does one develop a generous heart?

What Is Generosity?

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” — Acts 20:35, NIV

What is generosity exactly? What does it mean to be generous? Generosity has to do with selflessness and kindness toward others. It involves being willing to share resources and look out for the needs of others, instead of focusing on ourselves and our desires.

Generosity is commonly associated with money; however, there are other ways to be generous. Having an attitude that is willing to care about others and make sacrifices for others is an important part of generosity.

Ways To Be Generous

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” — 1 Timothy 6:17-19, NIV

Generosity does require work and practice. We might not automatically be generous people but with prayer, practice and help from God we can develop a generous heart. Some ways that we can grow our generosity include:

  • Giving: Offering our money or resources to both the church and others is a theme that we can see throughout many different passages in scripture. In Luke 21:1-4, a poor widow put two coins in the temple offering. In comparison to others, this was a very insignificant amount. However, because she was generous with the little she did have, Jesus said she gave more than all the others. Even if we do not have much to give, we can still have a heart of generosity through giving.
  • Encouraging with words: We can also be generous with our words. Words are powerful tools for encouraging others and building others up. It does not take a lot from us to give an uplifting word or compliment to someone who may need to hear it.
  • Spending time: Our time is a precious resource and we may hesitate to be generous with it. However, using our time is another way to show love and develop our generosity whether it be through volunteering with an organization or simply setting up a time to help a friend out or share a meal with someone.
  • Sharing God’s Word: Sharing the gospel with others shows we care about more than their temporary or physical needs but also their eternal salvation. We can generously share the news of Jesus Christ. This is the most valuable thing we can share with others.
  • Celebrating blessings: Counting our blessings and having a thankfulness can also help when we work on becoming generous individuals. If we are unsatisfied with our own lives, we are not likely to be generous toward others. However, if we are thankful for what we have and celebrate the blessings that others have been given, our attitude shifts away from us.
  • Helping someone in need: Helping others in need may involve any of things previously mentioned or it could be something else altogether. However, when we help someone in need, we must pay attention and be aware of how we can care for others. Maybe a friend needs a ride after their car breaks down. Perhaps someone broke an arm and needs some help preparing food. No matter the situation, we can be generous and prepared to help others when the need arises.
  • Reflecting on God’s generosity: There is no better way to learn how to be generous than to take note of the ultimate example. God can help us develop our generosity far better than we can ever do on our own.

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The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Grand Canyon University. Any sources cited were accurate as of the publish date.

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