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The next fruit of the Holy Spirit that I am going to discuss is generosity. The stewardship ministry team at Christ the King has decided to use this word generosity going forward as the name of our ministry. This is to emphasize the work of the Holy Spirit and this specific fruit of the Spirit as Paul reminds us in Galatians 5:25 when he says that “If we live by the Spirit, let us also be guided by the Spirit.”

The word generosity is found in a few places in scripture:

Romans 12:8 – “The exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.”

2 Corinthians 8:2 – “For during a severe ordeal of affliction, their abundant joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.”

2 Corinthians 9:11 – “You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us.”

2 Corinthians 9:13 – “Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others,”

The word generous is found more frequently in scripture as here are a few examples:

Exodus 35:5 – “Take from among you an offering to the LORD; let whoever is of a generous heart bring the LORD’s offering: gold, silver, and bronze;”

Psalm 51:12 – “Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a generous spirit.”

Psalm 112:5 – “It is well with those who deal generously and lend, who conduct their affairs with justice.”

Proverbs 11:25 – “A generous person will be enriched, and one who gives water will get water.”

Proverbs 19:6 – “Many seek the favor of the generous, and everyone is a friend to a giver of gifts.”

Proverbs 22:9 – “Those who are generous are blessed, for they share their bread with the poor.”

Matthew 20:15 – “Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?”

Acts 2:46 – “Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts.”

Acts 10:2 – “He was a devout man who feared God with all his household; he gave alms generously to the people and prayed constantly to God.”

Romans 10:12 – “For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him.”

Living in God’s amazing grace,

Pastor Matthew Groenke

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