1 Timothy 6:17-19

NKJ  1 Timothy 6:17-18 ‘Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. 18 Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share’,

NLT  1 Timothy 6:17-18 ‘Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others’.

Transition: I want to address / explain / encourage us as Christians to be people that have a ‘generous,’ ‘spirit’.

Introduction: When someone describes someone as being generous of spirit what exactly does that mean?  There are many words and ways to describe what this means.

Question: What do I refer to when I / we try to describe what a spirit is?

the principle of conscious life; the vital principle in humans, animating the body or mediating between body and soul.

Example/Application: I am 6’0 tall; I weigh 200+lbs; I have brown hair and brown eyes; and my shoe size is 12!

This is what is called the (Core-poor-e-al) part of who I am. Corporeal = of the nature of the physical body; bodily, material; tangible.

When describing what a Spirit is, it is that which is (in-core-poor-e-al) incorporeal.

Obviously, the Holy Spirit, is that very thing: the nature, makeup, temperament, person of God himself; holy, righteous, patient, loving, etc.….that comes and abides in us and changes us (hopefully) because of who he is formed in us on an ongoing bases.

Genesis 2:7 (NLT) Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person’.

We often use other words like disposition, identity, makeup, nature, temperament or personality to attempt to define what we can also call a/the/our spirit.

Temperament vs Personality

When looking at temperament and personality, they are related to each other and are developed at a very early age. These two traits have to be developed from very early childhood as it stays with us our whole lives.

How can temperament be defined? It refers to the different aspects of an individual’s personality like extroversion or introversion. Temperament is regarded as innate or inborn and is not learned.

So how to define personality? Personality is what arises within an individual. Personality, which remains throughout an individual’s life, is made up of certain characteristic patterns like behavior, feelings, and thoughts. Some of the fundamental characteristics related to personality are: consistency, psychological and physiological impact on behaviors and actions, and multiple expressions.
Temperament is a basic inherited style whereas personality is acquired on top of the temperament.

Taken From: http://www.differencebetween.net/language/words-language/difference-between-temperament-and-personality/
Read more: Difference Between Temperament and Personality | Difference Between | Temperament vs Personality http://www.differencebetween.net/language/words-language/difference-between-temperament-and-personality/#ixzz5f9MqgPiR

Application: A /the spirit of anything is that which makes us and animates us, our body, our person. It is what is called the incorporeal (not material) part of who we are/become.

Some of the words / thoughts associated with  generous are words /  thoughts like: considerate, thoughtful, reasonable, helpful, honest, hospitable, fair and good.


Generous Spirit

A Yiddish word, Mensch

  • mensch is a someone to admire and emulate, someone of noble character. The key to being “a real mensch” is nothing less than character, rectitude, dignity, a sense of what is right, responsible, decorous.

(Rosten, Leo. 1968. The Joys of Yiddish. New York: Pocket Books. 237)


Transition: Simon Rocker, What is a mensch?
The Jewish Chronicle – https://www.thejc.com/how-to-contact-us-1.37918

 ‘There are few higher Jewish compliments to pay someone than to call them a mensch, though, of course, a true mensch would be too modest to want to be complimented’.

‘A mensch is a person who can be relied on to act with honor and integrity. But the Yiddish term means more than that: it also suggests someone who is kind and considerate’.

(I don’t want us to get caught up in this Yiddish word so much as to what and how I want to convey what it means to have a ‘generous spirit’.)


Unlike personality and temperament, the ‘spirit’ of someone, something is different.

Transition/Question: What does having a generous spirit look like?

Question: Why is having a generous spirit so important?

  1. What it looks like (a generous spirit)?
  1. Understanding and Kind
  2. Compassionate and Helpful
  3. Gracious and Patient
  4. Generous and Unrelenting

: I think it would do us all well if we read Galatians 6 (fruit of spirit) and I Corinthians 13 at least once a weak!)

  1. Why is it so important?
  1. Exemplifies essentials of biblical Christianity.
  2. Enhances one’s sense of purpose.
  3. Demonstrates the honesty of sensitivity
  4. Allows one to accept generosity of others
  5. Develops a sense of thanksgiving through appreciation.

Conclusion: Dr. Edward Dreyfus, author of a book entitled, Living Life From the Inside Out, is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist, relationship counselor, and life coach and author (6 total) from Santa Monica – Los Angeles says this, 

‘Generosity of spirit embraces differences with acceptance. People who are generous of spirit are genuinely happy for others good fortune irrespective of their own circumstances. They are devoid of envy, seldom have disparaging thoughts about others and never make disparaging comments’.

There is a Yiddish saying that goes something like this, ‘I don’t care who you marry as long as he/she is mensch’.