Generosity is one of our Core Values.
You can read more about it here: http://snl.cccnc.org/about/
Why is it important though and is it something we are really called to be?
Psalm 112 is a Psalm of praise and we see what is also pleasing to God.
4 Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.
5 Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,
who conduct their affairs with justice.
We should be light. We should be compassionate. When we are generous with what we own, our time, and our abilities we are being compassionate.
9 They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,
their righteousness endures forever;
their horn[c] will be lifted high in honor.
When we are generosity is shown to all, not just our friends, but also to the poor. It’s easy to give things to those that can give back to us. But if we can freely give to those that we know can’t pay us back….we learn what true compassion is.