Love is the driving force of liberality. Being abundantly overwhelmed by love is what influences your giving. Many a time, we think that people will give generously because they are rich, but it doesn’t follow. How come people who have little give much and people who have much give little? People give a lot because they love a lot, not necessarily because they have a lot. Sometimes people think it’s because someone has much, but really, it is love that motivates giving and that’s because love gives over and above what is needed. Liberality is determined by love, not necessarily by abundance of material blessings.
The account of Dorcas in Acts 9 is that of one who gave from love. Scriptures described her as a woman that was full of good works and giving, which she did in love and rich liberality. When she fell ill and died, the Church sent for apostle Peter in a hurry because her loss was a great one as a result of her impactful giving on the Church. Upon his arrival, all the widows stood by him weeping, and showing the coats and garments which Dorcas had made for them, while she was with them. Everyone testified of her good works of giving that was borne out of love. Dorcas was restored to life as a result of her good deeds which was testified to by all the widows that were present. She gave and her giving did count because it proceeded from love. Giving shouldn’t be something that we do out of compulsion or necessity but something that comes out of a heart of love. Life came out of death because love was the foundation of it. A life lived in love and out of love is potent, lasting and enduring. Love never fails and never dies. It is only those who do things out of love that abide forever. Everything you give from the foundation of the Love of God is alive; it is a living seed because it carries grace to multiply, but whatever is not done out of love cannot multiply. There’s no profiting in it. This principle is at the heart of liberality.
MY SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I allow the love of God to motivate me unto liberality. I am given to hospitality and rich liberality in Jesus’ Name!
Luke 21:1-4; 1 Corinthians 13:1-13.