#We Are Generous
You can give without loving, but you can’t love without giving
Generosity = Love in Action
3 Areas Where We Are Generous
12 Reasons Why We Are Generous
1)It Honors God
2 Corinthians 9:13 NLT You will be glorifying God through your generous gifts. Your generosity will prove that you are obedient to the Good News of Christ.
Proverbs 14:31 ESV Whoever is generous to the needy honors God.
2)It Draws Us Closer To God
Deuteronomy 14:23 LB The purpose of tithing is to teach you to always put God first in your lives.
Matthew 6:21 NCV Your heart will be wherever your treasure is.
3)It Makes Us More Like Jesus
Proverbs 21:26 NLT The greedy always want more, but the godly love to give!
Luke 11:41 LB Purity is best demonstrated by generosity
4)It’s the Cure For Materialism
Matthew 6:24 NIV You cannot serve both God and money.
1 Timothy 6:17-19 NIV 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. 18 - Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 - 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.
5)It Demonstrates Our Faith
2 Corinthians 9:13 JPV Your giving proves the reality of your faith
Philemon 1:6 NLT You are generous because of your faith.
Malachi 3:10 NIV Bring the whole tithe to My storehouse. Test me in this and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of Heaven and pour out so much blessing that you won’t have enough room for it.
6)It Reveals Our Character
Luke 16:11 NLT If you are untrustworthy with worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?
7)It Brings God’s Blessings
Proverbs 22:9 NCV Generous people will be blessed, because they share their food with the poor.
Deuteronomy 15:10 NIV 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.
2 Corinthians 9:7-8 LB God loves the one who gives gladly. 8 - And God will make it up to you by giving you everything you need and more so that there will not only be enough for your own needs but plenty left over to give joyfully to others.
8)It Increases Our Happiness
Acts 20:35 TEV There is more happiness in giving than in receiving
9) It Expands Our Influence
Proverbs 11:24 The Message The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy will get smaller and smaller.
Psalm 112:9 NLT Those who give generously to those in need...will never be forgotten...they will have influence and honor
10) It Multiplies Our Money
Proverbs 11:25 NIV A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
2 Corinthians 9:11(A) NLT You will be enriched so that you can give even more generously
11) It Brings Gods Protection
Psalm 112:5-6 LB All goes well for the generous man who conducts his business fairly. 6 - Such a man will not be overthrown by evil circumstances. Gods constant care of Him will make a deep impression on all who see it.
12) It Will Be Rewarded In Heaven
1 Timothy 6:18-19 LB Use your money to do good - always being ready to share with others whatever God has given you. 19 - By doing this you will be storing up real treasure for yourself in Heaven - it is the only safe investment for eternity and they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.
Luke 16:9 NLT I tell you, use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. In this way, your generosity stores up a reward for you in heaven.