22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.
The sixth attribute of the fruit of the Spirit is goodness.
The Greek word for goodness is agathōsynē which means generosity towards the welfare of others. It is an attitude of giving extra time or effort to help people in need. This is why when we proclaim that God is good, we are speaking about His generosity towards us. We know in the Scriptures that God withholds nothing back from us, and will do everything to save us even at the cost of His own son, Jesus.
When you receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, you become a child of God and you belong to Him. God not only wants you to be generous with your money and time but also with your life. This sounds difficult and beyond your reach if you have not learnt to surrender everything to God. The truth is that you don’t lose anything by giving yourself to God but you have everything to gain. Let us trust God and learn to release our lives unto Him for He loves us.
Proverbs 22:9 says: “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor”. God blesses the generous because they truly reflect His own nature. A generous spirit enables you to do more for others — without feeling that you have less for yourself. This is because God’s economy works differently from ours. It is like the boy who gave the five loaves of bread and two fishes to Jesus and was left with twelve baskets full of leftovers filled with food. Or the widow of Zarephath who shared her last meal with the Prophet Elijah after God miraculously blessed and provided for her and her son.
Generosity begins with what’s in your heart, and not with what’s in your hands. Start with what you have and go from there. Feed on the truth of God’s generosity and you will grow a generous spirit. The more you give away, the more you are giving God an opportunity to make you a blessing to many people around you.
What makes it easy or difficult for me to be generous?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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