Radical Generosity

Grace is free and flowing. It’s our choice whether to participate.

(Listen to my song “Shall We Sing” on YouTube by clicking HERE)

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Matthew 5:42

“Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”

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How hard it is to come face to face with someone asking for money!

I always feel an inner conflict…a part of me that wants to help and a part of me that wants to run the other way.

My ego says, “What if they take my money and buy drugs or alcohol?”

Jesus seems so unreasonable in telling his followers to simply give to the one who asks of you!

That’s because Grace does not depend on rationale.

It doesn’t depend on worthiness.

God gives to us whether we deserve it or not because that’s what Unconditional Love does.

It gives unreservedly because there is a never-ending reservoir of Love available.

The problem is…we don’t really believe it!

I know that sometimes I worry that I won’t have enough.

My ego asks, “What if something happens and I need all the money I have?”

Then the words of Jesus come to me: “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 8:26)

He spoke those words to his disciples who were terrified when a violent storm ravaged their boat.

It’s easy to trust in God’s providence when everything is going well…but not so easy when things aren’t!

Jesus calls us to a radical love…a radical mercy…a gratuitous generosity.

For what we give…we will receive back in great abundance.

As Jesus put it: “Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.” Luke 6:38

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Remember…God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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