"I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ."
When Paul writes to Philemon, he explains that he doesn't want to command Philemon to do what is right. Instead, Paul tells Philemon in verse fourteen that, "I wanted you to help because you were willing, not because you were forced." This passage reminds us that we shouldn't be generous because it is an obligation, rather we should be generous because we have experienced generosity from the Lord. God has blessed us so that we might be a blessing to others.
One of the best ways to demonstrate our appreciation for God's blessings is to pass along items which God has previously given to us. If it is on your heart this week, consider taking an inventory of your possessions and gathering together those things which you could give to others in need. Don't just give away old, forgotten items. Really consider how you can be generous. Then gather these items up and donate them to a thrift store.
This is obviously not a command. It's totally your decision. But if you decide to be generous, you just might gain a better understanding and appreciation for all the good things we have in Christ.
(New Living Translation; photo credit: Wix media)