22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control.

Galatians 5:22

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 making the extra effort, or taking the extra step to help out people who could actually use it. This is why when we say God is good, we are speaking of His generosity towards us. In that, God withholds nothing from us and will do everything to save us, even at the cost of His own son, Jesus.

Because you belong to Him, God wants you to be generous, not just with your money or time, but to be generous with your life. This sounds difficult and beyond your reach if you have not learnt to surrender everything to God. Truth is, you don’t lose anything by giving yourself to God, but you have everything to gain in withholding nothing from God. 

“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”
Proverbs 22:9

God blesses the generous because they truly reflect His nature. A generous spirit enables you to do more for others, without ever 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 fish to Jesus and was left with twelve baskets filled with remaining food. Or the widow of Zarephath who shared her last meal with the Prophet Elijah after which 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 the opportunity to make you a blessing. 

Reflection

What makes it easy or difficult for me to be generous?


© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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