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The Art of Thanksgiving: Frame with Generosity
November 25, 2018

The Art of Thanksgiving: Frame with Generosity

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Speaker: Dr Jon Lovelady | Series: The Art of Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! We come to the final sermon in the series, The Art of Thanksgiving with the sermon Frame with Generosity. In this series we have focused on God’s loving-kindness that is found especially in the Psalms. The question remains, “What is our response to God’s loving-kindness?” In all of our relationships, if we express love towards someone, then we expect a response. Although God loves us unconditionally, we cannot fully understand this love until we respond. In Frame with Generosity, we turn to 2 Corinthians 9:6-12 to better understand that responding to God’s grace in Jesus Christ leads us to be gracious! We reflect on God’s grace in us to others. In our world, we are losing the power of graciousness. These words from 2 Corinthians 9 show us a path to empowering God’s graciousness for our living! As you read 2 Corinthians 9:6-12, notice how our generosity also overflows into thanksgiving! 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.

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