GIVING

“Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

THE BIBLE SAYS…

MALACHI 3:10

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.”

LUKE 6:38

“Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”

1 CORINTHIANS 16:2

“Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”

MATTHEW 6:3-4

“But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”

PROVERBS 19:7

“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.”

THEREFORE…

WE CONSIDER IT A PRIVILEGE TO GIVE: Our giving is God’s way of bringing about many good deeds for His glory.

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:” 2 Corinthians 9:8

WE GIVE WITH JOY: Giving joyfully to the mission and the ministry of Christ is an antidote to covetousness.

“And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” Luke 12:15

WE DEMONSTRATE OUR DEPENDANCE ON THE LORD THROUGH OUR GIVING: There is a correlation between faith in the promises of God and peace of mind in giving away what we may think we need, but really don’t.

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5

WE HONOR GOD WITH OUR TITHES: It is our responsibility to return the first ten percent of our incomes to the Lord. It rightly belongs to Him.

“Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.” Malachi 3:8

WE REJOICE THAT WE CAN GIVE TO THE LORD BY GIVING TO OTHERS: By giving to others, especially those in need, we express our love for Christ in a practical way; not with words alone, but with genuine kindness and mercy.

“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” Matthew 5:31-40