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March 08: Grace and Liberality

Proverbs 11:25

“The liberal soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.”

2 Corinthians 9:6-9

But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

(As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever.

Liberality is the quality or characteristic of being generous or benevolent; it is an outflow of love, the God-kind of love. John 3:16 describes the God-kind of love as being charitable. It says God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son; that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Charity is the distinguishing characteristic of God’s love. God’s kind of love, Agape, is a giving, charitable love. God is love and He is benevolent and kind; He is gracious (1 John 4:8, 16). Grace is love’s gift. Love cannot be separated from grace, and vice versa. Therefore, liberality always attracts grace. For example, God the Father who is Love gave unto the world Jesus Christ, who is the fullness of grace (John 3:16; 1:16). Grace is an extension of love; Love gave us Grace, therefore through love we connect with grace.

Our opening Scripture tells us that the liberal soul shall be made fat, and he who waters shall be watered also himself. To be fat, is to be graced. Grace brings fatness on every side, and liberality attracts grace. Faith cannot be demonstrated in love without giving or liberality, which is required to attract grace. Giving or liberality is the demonstration of faith in God, who is love. A balanced understanding of grace is not void of giving or liberality, because grace came to us through God’s liberality, and it cannot be extended to others without liberality. The Macedonian churches in a great trial of affliction, the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded unto the riches of their liberality (2 Corinthians 8:2). A liberal soul is richer than a stingy soul. A man who is not rich towards God because he is stingy, is indeed poor, seeing he is repelling grace for increase. Beloved, you can connect with God’s grace for increase and unprecedented expansion through liberality. This is God’s way of becoming fat.

My Solid Front (Confession):

In the Name of Jesus, I declare that I am liberal, benevolent and given to blessing God’s people. I refuse to let stinginess have me; for I am rich towards God. I am made fat through liberality, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Further Meditation:

2 Corinthians 8:1-9; Acts 10:1-6.