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Generosity, human

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Believers should be generous in their dealings with others, following the example of God himself.

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Motivations for generosity

God’s example

2 Corinthians 8:7–9 NABRE
Now as you excel in every respect, in faith, discourse, knowledge, all earnestness, and in the love we have for you, may you excel in this gracious act also. I say this not by way of command, but to test the genuineness of your love by your concern for others. For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that for your sake he became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich.
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God’s dealings with believers

Ephesians 4:32–5:2 NABRE
And be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ. So be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma.
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Demonstrations of generosity

In material giving

Acts 4:32–37 NABRE
The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need. Thus Joseph, also named by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”), a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, sold a piece of property that he owned, then brought the money and put it at the feet of the apostles.
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In support of God’s work

Philippians 4:16 NABRE
For even when I was at Thessalonica you sent me something for my needs, not only once but more than once.
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In worship

Matthew 26:6–7 NABRE
Now when Jesus was in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster jar of costly perfumed oil, and poured it on his head while he was reclining at table.
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In acts of mercy

Luke 10:33–35 NABRE
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’
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In giving presents

1 Kings 10:13 NABRE
King Solomon gave the queen of Sheba everything she desired and asked for, besides what King Solomon gave her from Solomon’s royal bounty. Then she returned with her servants to her own country.
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Meanness and covetousness the opposites of generosity

Ecclesiastes 5:13 NABRE
This is a grievous evil which I have seen under the sun: riches hoarded by their owners to their own hurt.
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Generosity rewarded

Malachi 3:10 NABRE
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, That there may be food in my house. Put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, And see if I do not open the floodgates of heaven for you, and pour down upon you blessing without measure!
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