Gladness and generosity go together in this Holy Habit because they are inextricably linked. A generously forgiving and trusting nature is often – though not necessarily – a cheerful one. But the root of giving that is generous and cheerful is thankfulness, as we realise what God has done for us and respond with gladness.
Holy Habits is an initiative to nurture Christian discipleship. It explores Luke’s model of church found in Acts 2:42 – 47, identifies ten habits and encourages the development of a way of life formed by them. The habits are: biblical teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread, sharing of resources, service, eating together, gladness and generosity, worship, prayer and making more disciples. The resources have been developed to help churches explore the habits in worship and other group activities (all-age or age-specific) and live out the habits in whole life, missional discipleship.
The broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts praising God and having the goodwill of all the people.”
Edited by Andrew Robers, Neil Johnson and Tom Milton