Gifts 7

The next gift on the list is giving.  Notice that the structure of the list changes here.  It has been “teaches…in his teaching” etc. but now it switches to “he who gives, with liberality.”  The word “liberality” here implies “simplicity” and “free from pretence and hypocrisy” (Thayer).  We are to give of our material things (Luke 3:11).  We are to give our service (Colossians 3:22).  Above all, we are to give the Gospel and our very lives (1 Thessalonians 2:8).  If we give as we should, others will be turned toward God (2 Corinthians 9:8-15).  Why should we give?  Because God has given us grace (2 Corinthians 8:1), healing (Matthew 10:8), wisdom (James 1:5), love (1 John 3:1), justification (Romans 3:24) and the water of life (Revelation 21:6).

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