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Live Generously

March 19, 2019

Luke 6:35-36 MSG
"I tell you, love your enemies. Help and give without expecting a return. You’ll never—I promise—regret it. Live out this God-created identity the way our Father lives toward us, generously and graciously, even when we’re at our worst. Our Father is kind; you be kind.”

This particular verse is from the lessons found in Luke 6:24-42 which reminds us to be aware, thoughtful, loving, kind, genuine and generous. Jesus begins with a reminder about trouble. There's trouble ahead if; if you think you have it made, if you think you're satisfied with yourself, and if you think life is all fun and games...think again. If you live for the approval of others, it’s time to try another approach. Be true, not popular; true to ourselves and true to Jesus.  We are called to love our enemies and willingly pray for them. We need to adjust our attitudes towards ourselves and what we think we might deserve; which means no more tit for tat. Live generously. We should ask ourselves what we want people to do for us and then do it for someone else. Help and give without expecting a return. Don't criticize and judge others. Be easy on people and you'll find life easier. When we live generously, we will find life given back to us. Giving, not getting, is the way to live. Live generously.

We should be careful who we are listening to and keep our perspective on our faith; what Jesus teaches us is real and true. We should take the time to wash our own face, before offering to wash someone else's; which is a way of saying that we have no right to judge others because we have our own stuff that needs to be taken care of too. We can't consider ourselves better than our brothers, or more pious or holy than our neighbors. Be thoughtful and generous with our opinions and our words. Help and give without expecting anything in return. Life generously, kindly and graciously, even when we don't feel like it. Live generously. 

 

Jesus is calling each of us to live our lives generously.Living generously means to think of others instead of ourselves. Living generously means to think outside of our own ambitions and purposes. Living generously means to be generous with our words and our actions. Living generously means to be loving, generous, gracious and kind in all aspects of our lives. Living generously is all about how we live our lives, every single day; living out our God created identity by being generous, loving, gracious and kind. Generous with our time, our love and with our very lives. We are called, particularly called, to live our lives generously, focused on Jesus. Focusing on Jesus makes living our lives generously easy. 

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