As part of our month of June “Living a Godly life” series, today we’ll be learning about giving generously. Our verses are 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, James 2:14-17 and 1 John 3:16.
The Bible tells us that it is important to give generously. That means to give a lot and with a happy heart.
The best example of giving is when God gave up His son Jesus to die for us. Jesus came to earth to die for us and to serve us, He gave us everything He had and God loves to take care of us and give us everything we need.
These verses also tell us that it’s important to not just WANT to give, but to actually do it. If you see somebody who needs food, or clothes, or a hug…and you can help them, then you should! It doesn’t help anyone to say “i hope you find some food! I hope you get some clothes.” YOU can be the one to help. When you help, you serve them and love them like God does.
It doesn’t matter how little you have. God says in the Bible that if someone has a LOT of money and someone a little, if they both give all they have, then He is happy with both of them! Whatever God has given you, if you share it the best you can, then God will be happy and you will be sharing His love. Whatever talents or special abilities God has given you, if you share those with others with a happy heart, you will be giving generously. And God LOVES a cheerful giver.
You can help people in need, but you can also help people in your family. You can give your mom a hug, or your brother the last cookie. What are some ways YOU think you can give?
There was no craft today. Instead, we took some muffins to the people working on our new house, and dropped off some things for the local women’s shelter as they had just advertised some needs in the local paper. We talked about giving those items to mommies and kids who needed them, but didn’t have any money for them.
**The most important thing to remember when teaching kids about generous giving (as with most values and Biblical teachings) is that YOU as the parent have to be a living example. If you donate one time when your kid is a preschooler, but are stingy with your giving the rest of the time, it will not stick with them. A constant example of generosity speaks much louder than any small Bible lesson. So, let’s all try to be good stewards of what God has shared with us, and set the example for our kids.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this. Please share in the comments below!
Next time, we’ll start on the fruits of the spirit. Love to you all.