You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. If you fail at generosity you have to ask yourself if you really love others. When great leaders fail, it is almost always because of generosity. They view the resource as being greater than the source. No leader ever gets ahead by mimicking Ebenezer Scrooge.
Jesus talked about this generous spirit when he said, "If anyone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak also. And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. (Matt 5:40-41)
A generous spirit drove Boaz to go the second mile with Ruth, even before he suspected she become his wife. He assumed she would be attracted to a younger man. (Ruth 3:10) Even so, Boaz gave her extra time, attention, grain, respect, favor and honor. Boaz never kept score in his generosity towards Ruth. He also displayed six qualities from which we could learn from regarding generosity.
1. He was generous with his compassion. He told Ruth not to glean from anywhere else. He made sure she would get all she needed from him.
2. He was generous with this compliments. He noticed her sacrifice and complimented her efforts.
3. He was generous with his courtesy. He invited her to join his staff for a meal, kindly serving her all she wanted.
4. He was generous with his harvest. He told his reapers to put out extra bundles of grain for her to find.
5. He was generous with his credibility. He showed respect by doing what was right by her requests.
6. He was generous with his commitment. He committed himself to ensuring that Ruth's former husband had offspring to carry on his name.