Hebrews 4:12-13 "For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account."

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5 Characteristics of the Godly!

Scripture Reading: 2 Corinthians 8:8-15

The Godly are Generous!

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will repay him for his deed” (Prov 19:17).

Acts 11:29; 2 Corinthians 8:2; Philippians 4:16Beneficence (ben-f-e-cense); an act of charity, mercy, and kindness with a strong connotation of doing good to others (moral motive – not because on must)!

Matthew 25:31-46

Christ will say to the godly and generous man who did for the least in this world, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40).

·        The godly man might think he is doing it for the least in this world and he is, but Jesus sees it as doing it unto Him.

·        That is important because those things done on earth for Christ will be rewarded someday in the kingdom. 1 Timothy 6:17-19.

·        He does not do them for rewards, but he does them because He has known, firsthand, the generosity of the Lord. 2 Corinthians 8:9.

·        He knows he cannot take his wealth with him so he sends on it ahead, into the kingdom, where no moths, rust, or thieves can destroy. Matthew 6:19-21.

Remember the story of Ruth and Boaz? Ruth 2:14-23

Boaz was apparently a very wealthy man yet took for himself Ruth to be his wife and supported Ruth’s mother-in-law, Naomi. A generous man will give of his own time, talent, and treasure (or money) to fill a need when it comes.

Remember Joses? Acts 4:32-37

Probably not, because we know him better as Barnabas (Son of Encouragement).

“It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.” Psalms 112:5

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