2019 – SATURDAY 09 FEBRUARY
Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.
1. LEAVES PEOPLE FULL
Generosity has no limits. It is fulfilled when it leaves a person feeling full.
Generosity is not seen by giving a token gift.
2. HELPS PEOPLE ABOUND
Your generosity must always empower someone to abound in life and move toward their dreams.
3. FLOWS FROM ONE PERSON TO ANOTHER
Generosity is not secretive. It flows from a giver to a receiver. Part of generosity is in the exchange of goodwill between the giver and receiver.
4. ALWAYS LEAVES A SWEET AROMA
Generosity is always identified by the aroma left behind.
Give with joy and happiness – being able to be a blessing.
Never leave the smell of indebtedness or superiority with your gift. Rejoice in your giving.
5. IS AN ACCEPTABLE SACRIFICE
God loves a cheerful giver. When you pay the restaurant bill for others – do it cheerfully. Leave your tip for the wait staff – with a cheerful compliment.
When it is given joyfully – it is an acceptable sacrifice to God. He knows it cost you something to be generous – but you did it with joy.
6. ALWAYS PLEASES GOD
The fragrance of generosity is always a sweet smelling aroma that pleases God.
God is well pleased when you act generously toward others.
There are three ingredients that mix to produce the aroma of generosity.
Sacrifice – Forgiveness – Joy.
Mix these three together and you will always be pleasing to God.