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1. Generosity is motivated by God’s grace. 2 Corinthians 8:1-4
1We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia…
Grace-motivated generosity results in:
· Experiencing joy in the midst of affliction.
…2afor in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy…
· Demonstrating generosity despite extreme poverty.
…2band their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
· Giving beyond what is comfortable.
3For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord…
· Begging to participate.
…4begging us earnestly for the favor of taking part in the relief of the saints…
2. Generosity begins when we give ourselves first to the Lord. 2 Corinthians 8:5
…5 and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us.
3. Generosity is proof of our love and faith. 2 Corinthians 8:7-8
7 But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
4. Generosity transforms others. 2 Corinthians 8:9
9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
5. Generosity is most effective with the right heart and attitude. 2 Corinthians 9:7
7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
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