“The righteous give generously.” – Psalm 37:21
Why? Because it’s who they are…it’s who we are. It’s been passed down from our Heavenly Father. He started it when he “lavished” his great love on us:
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”– 1 John 3:1
By faith in Christ, we’re made righteous children of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). Generosity doesn’t make us righteous. It’s the righteousness that makes us generous. Our Father not only lavishes love on us but he is rich in mercy and grace (Ephesians 2:4-7). We are generous because our Father is rich and generous.
That is what we are. We can afford to be generous! Our Master owns everything. And he entrusts us with his riches so that we can be openhanded with others. Here are some words he has given us to remind us of his heart for generosity:
“Do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward [the poor]. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need. Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.” – Deuteronomy 15:7-8, 10
“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.” – 1 Chronicles 29:14
“Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.” – Luke 6:37-38
“Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them? For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” – Romans 11:35-36
“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. – Proverbs 11:25
Father, let me be generous and openhanded, just like you.