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“Each of you should give what you have decided to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

(2 Corinthians 9:7)

This verse struck me at a specific time last year when I was simply looking out for ‘number 1’ [myself] with little to no real regard for others. As a student, getting a loan is such a grand feeling and your first thought, besides catching up on bills, is “what can I spend it on?” Now, there’s nothing inherently wrong with spending money on yourself – by all means, do. It’s great! But when that consideration for “self” far outweighs that for others or greater still God, then alarm bells should start ringing. Jesus puts it like this:

“Love The Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbour as yourself.”

(Matthew 22:37-39)

We can be generous of our time, money, hospitality, possessions, etc. A helpful acronym in considering how to apply this is this:

JOY = Jesus Others Yourself

Prayer: – To learn what generosity looks like in my life

– To look to Jesus as the example of how to love my neighbour

– To be more generous even when I have little as it will be of great benefit when I have a lot