“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honouring each other. Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically (work hard at making room for others). Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” (Rom 12:9-13)
Generousity is shared in spiritual and in natural things. The basis for it is that God was generous to us when we were sinners. Hating what is wrong doesn’t mean we judge people and withdraw a generous stance towards them. We are generous because we hate what is wrong. It’s God’s way of always being open for change and renewal in our lives and in the lives of others.
Jesus shared about generousity in many in his teachings:
The man who was forgiven much and didn’t forgive others little. This applies to how we forgive others, both in spiritual things and in financial things.
The man who went to the temple to pray, thanking God that he wasn’t like the sinner. This is an ungenerous attitude towards others. Self-righteousness is a lack of generousity towards others. We should have a heart to help others instead.
The women caught in adultery suffered an ungenerous attitude from the Pharisees. On the other hand Jesus said he didn’t condemn her. The generousity of God lets us all go. He doesn’t come to judge, but to help and restore us. His only judgement is to let us go our own way and reap the fruit, but his heart is all the time toward us to restore.
Generousity gives room to people to be restored. “The goodness of God leads to repentance.” God extends his goodness to us and we extend it to others.
The Jubilee in the Old Testament showed God’s generousity to others. We were to forgive the debts of others. Israel failed to obey God in this. God said they were not to stop making loans because the Jubilee would be in one year and the loan would be forgiven. They were to help the person in need.
Our whole life is to be one of Jubilee. We have received Jubilee from God and we are to spread Jubilee to others. “Forgive as you have been forgiven.” This is how we are to treat people, in spiritual and in financial parts of their lives. Both are one to God.
The whole gospel message is about sharing Jubilee with the world, with our brothers and sisters and with our enemies. God shared his Jubilee with us in Christ. We have one calling as his church: to reflect God’s nature by spreading his Jubilee announcement in Christ. This shows we are God’s children.
God’s kingdom spreads through our generousity. When economic fear comes people stop being generous and then we all suffer more. We overcome lack through generousity. When terrorism comes people stop being generous in relationships with others and people suffer more. Generousity towards our neighbour and towards our enemy provides help for others and this overcomes a world of darkness.
Generousity is responding to the world in an opposite manner, bringing out the answer and change needed. It changes our heart. It changes the hearts of other people. It changes our culture and world. It is God’s way of bringing in his kingdom. Generousity is covenant faithfulness (chesed in Hebrew), it is loving kindness and this opens the door for a God of grace and love to do miracles among us, great miracles in every realm of our lives.
Chesed stretches us to growth and opens the door for the Holy Spirit of chesed all around us. Generousity, loving kindness, is our covenant faithfulness. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan, the Samaritan who was outside of “the faith” was the one who showed covenant faithfulness.