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The Courage To Be Generous


Ruth 4:1-8

Your son spends hours on a website meticulously selecting just the right combination of materials and colors for his custom soccer shoes. They are the prettiest, and most expensive, soccer shoes you’ve ever seen. A few more keystrokes and the order will be complete.

“Dad, can I have your credit card to finish this order?”

“I’ll do it, but this will have to come out of your money,” you say.

“Oh … well … I think I may just find some that don’t cost quite so much.”

In Ruth 4, we see Ruth’s guardian-redeemer willing to commit to a purchase of land until he realizes the total potential cost, an additional obligation to Ruth. He ran away from his legal requirement to help a relative in difficulty because he feared someday losing his property to Ruth’s son.

In contrast to the guardian-redeemer’s selfishness, we see Boaz’s generosity, stepping in and agreeing to purchase the land and assume all obligations. From his greeting to the harvesters in Ruth 2:4, “The Lord be with you,” to his kindness exhibited to Ruth, we see his unselfishness and a display of godly principles.

We never need to fear the cost of doing the right thing by showing kindness and generosity to others. Fancy soccer shoes and other worldly possessions will one day pass away, but putting God first and impacting others for Jesus will have an eternal impact.


  • Think of a time when you were fearful of the cost of doing the right thing. Were you able to overcome the fear?  Why or why not?
  • What are some situations in the coming weeks where you might show generosity and unselfishness?

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