As we look ahead to our commitment campaign in November, when we tell the church what we are going to do for God and the church in 2018, please be thinking about how the concept of generosity covers more than what we do with our time and our money. The definition of generosity I shared in last week’s message specifically mentioned “generosity of spirit” and described kindness to people, being gentle, and forgiving others as a part of being generous. Jesus also talked a lot about generosity of spirit. As He tells it, generosity brings joy and is a glimpse of God’s kingdom here on Earth. We know that Jesus looks at the heart as He sheds his grace on us. Grace frees us and transforms us to be the kind of people Jesus wants us to be . This means spreading his grace as we encounter people in our day to day lives. One way to do this is by committing random acts of kindness. I have always loved that phrase. Such opportunities present themselves daily. Be on the lookout for them. Another way to describe it is committing random acts of generosity. By taking the approach that you will choose to err on the side of generosity, you will be spreading God’s grace. Consider the importance of forgiveness to our faith and to our lives. Lots of sermons, books, devotionals, Sunday School lessons have addressed the crucial role of forgiveness. Think of it as relational generosity. Think of the emotional burdens that get lifted when true forgiveness takes over – what a gift it is to both sides. If God will forgive us no matter what we have done, then we must be transformed to do the same for others. It can be very difficult but is always worth it. Consider also how generosity of spirit is an integral part of hospitality. By warmly welcoming people to our church, we are spreading God’s grace. Take it a step further. Jesus expects us to share our homes and dinner tables with strangers. These folks might be people in our own church or our neighbors, but it might be poor people and people who do not look like us. This is admittedly a hard concept, but Jesus lets us know that in doing so, we might just make some new friends and even meet angels. It is all about a recurring theme in the Bible that we are to exalt the humble. Think about the Great Banquet when we will all be around the same table with friends and foes with Christ as the host. He tells us what we must do if we want an invitation to that table. Generosity of spirit is surely one of the ways to get there.