What the Bible Says about Generosity
There is no question that God’s Word encourages believers to give. Becoming less self-centered is also an effective way to combat the love of money. Proverbs 11 lays out a major principle regarding this:
“One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed” (Proverbs 11:24-25).
This passage may sound a little confusing. But it speaks of how being generous radiates blessings outward and builds us up, too. First, we receive God’s gifts, being grateful for His kindness. As we lift up thanks, our connection to Him deepens. When our hearts turn to God, we feel a growing desire to worship Him by doing good works. His delight brings joy and renewal to our spirits, continuing a wonderful cycle.
Should We Still Give Money Today?
Tithing means giving a portion of our wealth back to God. In the Old Testament, God commanded the Israelites to bring sacrifices of animals, grain, and oil to the temple. It was a sign of repentance and recognition of the Lord’s goodness to them, and an act of worship.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10).
Today, tithing is done with money during church services and is no longer a required ritual. But while the method looks different, the motivation should be the same: an intention to show gratitude to our Provider, Jehovah-Jireh.
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Tithing reminds us that God is our Creator and the Source of all that we have.
“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters” (Psalm 24:1-2).
Tithing demonstrates our love for God, as we give back some of our abundance for His Kingdom’s sake.
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11).
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