Giving
GIVING

GIVING

 

1. The Bible commands believers to give:

                Deut.15:7,8            Thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand ...thou shalt open thine hand wide

                Pro.3:27  Withhold not good from them to whom it is due

                Pro.3:28  Say not, tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee

                Mat.5:42 Give to him that asketh thee, &...would borrow

                Lk.3:11    He that hath two coats...impart to him that hath none

                Rom.12:13              Distributing to the necessity of saints...hospitality

 

2. God blesses us when we give:

                Mat.6:4   Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly

A. Spiritual blessings:

                Pro.11:25                The liberal soul...he that watereth shall be watered

                Pro.13:7b                (He) maketh himself poor [gives], yet hath great riches

                Pro.14:21                He that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he

                Mk.10:21                Give to the poor, & thou shalt have treasure in Heaven

                Acts 20:35             It is more blessed to give than to receive

B. Material blessings:

                Deut.15:10             For this the Lord shall bless thee in all thy works

                Pro.11:24a              There is that scattereth, & yet increaseth

                Isa.58:10,11            If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry...the Lord... shall satisfy thy soul in drought

                Lk.6:38a  Give, & it shall be given unto you; good measure

                Lk.6:38b With the same measure ye mete it shall be measured

 

3. Giving to God's work:

A. When we give, we are giving to Jesus:

                Mat.25:40               Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me

B. When we give to God's work, we are investing:

                Pro.19:17                He...lendeth unto the Lord; &...He will pay him again

                Lk.10:30-37            Whatsoever thou spendest...when I come, I will repay

                Phi.4:17  Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit (saved souls) that may abound to your account

C. God will pay us back for sacrificial giving:

                Pro.22:9  He...shall be blessed; for he giveth...to poor

                Pro.28:27a              He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack

                Eccl.11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: thou shalt find it

                2Cor.9:6b               He which soweth bountifully shall reap bountifully

 

4. Christian duty regarding giving & sharing:

                2Cor.8:4,5,7            As ye abound in every thing, in faith...in love...see that ye abound in this grace (giving) also

                Heb.13:16               To do good & communicate (share w/ others) forget not

A. Obligation to support fulltime workers & missionaries:

                Rom.15:27              Their debtors they are...their duty is to minister unto them in carnal things

                1Cor.9:6-11            If we have sown unto you spiritual things...we shall reap your carnal (material & financial) things

                Gal.6:6    Let him that is taught communicate (share materially) to him that teacheth

                1Tim.5:17,18          They who labour in the Word...the labourer is worthy of his reward (wages)

                (See also 3Jn.7,8.)

B. Examples of giving to needy fellow Christians:

                Rom.15:26              Pleased them...to make a contribution for the poor saints

                Gal.6:10  Do good...unto them who are of the household of faith

                Phi.4:15,16             [Paul said:] Concerning giving & receiving...ye sent once & again to my necessity (See also 1Cor.16:1; 2Cor.9:12.)

C. Everyone to give according to their ability:

                Deut.16:17             Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord...which He hath given thee

                Acts 11:29             The disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren

                1Cor.16:2                Let every one of you lay in store [set aside to give], as God hath prospered him

                2Cor.8:12                It is accepted according to that a man hath, & not

D. Wealthy Christians especially obligated to give:

                Lk.8:3      Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod's steward, & many others ministered unto (Jesus) of their substance

                2Cor.8:14,15           That...your abundance may be a supply for their want As it is written, He that had gathered much

                1Tim.6:17-19          Charge them that are rich...that they be...ready to distribute, willing to communicate (share)

                (See examples in 2Tim.1:16-18; Phlm.7.)

E. Giving to the church, which redistributes:

                Acts 2:44,45          (They) parted them to all men, as every man had need

                Acts 4:34,35          Distribution was made unto every man...as he had need

                Acts 6:1 [The early church had a "daily ministration" to widows]

                1Tim.5:4,16            [Church's duty to "relieve them that are widows"]

F. Even poor believers encouraged to give:

                1Ki.17:9-16             [Poor widow of Zarephath gave sacrificially, & God blessed her with unending supply of food in famine]

                Mk.12:43,44           Poor widow hath cast more in...For they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want cast in all

                2Cor.8:1-4              In...their deep poverty...they were willing...praying us that we would receive the gift

 

5. Giving with the right motives:

A. Give cheerfully:

                2Cor.9:7  Not grudgingly...for God loveth a cheerful giver

                Deut.15:10a           Thou shalt give...& thine heart shall not be grieved

                Exo.25:2  Bring Me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take My offering

                Exo.35:21                Every one whose heart stirred him up, &...spirit made willing, brought the Lord's offering to the work

                1Chr.29:9                People rejoiced...because with perfect heart they offered willingly to the Lord

                Heb.10:34               Ye took joyfully the spoiling of your goods

B. Give generously:

                Pro.21:26b              The righteous giveth & spareth not

C. Give till it hurts; not just what we can spare:

                2Sam.24:24             Neither will I offer unto the Lord of that which doth cost me nothing [Give even when it "costs"]

                Lk.21:4    All these have of their abundance cast in...but she of her penury hath cast in all the living she had

D. Give with pure motives:

                1Cor.13:3                Though I bestow all my goods to feed poor, & have not love, it profiteth me nothing

                Mat.5:24 Leave thy gift before the altar...first be reconciled

                Mat.6:1   Do not your alms before men...otherwise ye have no reward of your Father

                Mat.6:2   The hypocrites do (alms)...that they may have glory of men. They have their reward

                Mat.6:3   When thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what

                Lk.6:34,35               Lend, hoping for nothing again; your reward...great

 

6. What happens when we withhold & don't give:

A. It puts extra strain on others:

                Phi.2:30  He was nigh to death...to supply your lack of service

B. God will see to it that we become poor:

                Pro.11:24b              There is that withholdeth...but it tendeth to poverty

                Pro.13:7a                There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing

                Pro.28:27                But he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse

C. It shows we lack Christian love:

                Jam.2:15,16            If a brother or sister be naked, & destitute of daily food... & ye give not...what doth it profit?

                1Jn.3:17,18             Whoso hath...& seeth his brother have need, & [doesn't give], how dwelleth the love of God in him?

D. When we give stingily or dishonestly:

                2Cor.9:6a                He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly

                Mal.1:7-10              Ye offer polluted bread...I have no pleasure in you, neither will I accept an offering at your hand

                Mal.1:13,14            Ye brought...torn, lame, sick. Should I accept this?

                (See also Mal.1:8; Acts 5:1,2,9,10.)

E. Beware of covetousness & greed:

                Lk.12:15  Beware of covetousness: a man's life consisteth not

                1Tim.6:10               The love of money is the root of all evil

                Pro.28:16b              He that hateth covetousness shall prolong his days

                Eccl.5:10 He that loveth silver...not be satisfied with silver

                Jam.5:1-5                Your gold & silver is cankered; & the rust of them shall be a witness against you

                (See also Eccl.5:13,15; Acts 5:1-10.)

 

7. Tithing:

A. Giving 10% of our income to God's work:

                Lev.27:30               All the tithe of the land...is the Lord's: it is holy

                Num.18:21              Behold, I have given the (Levites) all the tenth...for their service (work) which they serve

                Num.18:24              The tithes...which they offer unto the Lord, I have given to the Levites [God's fulltime workers]

                Deut.14:22             Thou shalt truly tithe all the increase [income]

                (See also Deut.12:19; Neh.10:37-39.)

B. God will bless us for tithing:

                Deut.14:28,29        Thou shalt bring forth all the tithe...that the Lord may bless thee in all the work of thine hand

                Pro.3:9,10               Honour the Lord with...all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty

                Mal.3:10 Bring ye all the tithes...& I will open the windows of Heaven, & pour you out a blessing

                Mal.3:8-11              [God grants protection & freedom from curses]

C. Setting aside our tithe on a frequent basis:

                1Cor.16:2                Upon the first day of the week let every one lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him

D. Freewill offerings above our 10% tithe--Believers encouraged to give for special projects:

                Exo.35:5  Take...an offering unto the Lord: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it (See vs.21,22)

                2Ki.12:4,5, 9-12      [Freewill offerings encouraged for the work of God]

 

8. Other aspects of giving:

A. Gifts can help obtain a man's favour or forgiveness:

                Pro.19:6  Every man is a friend to him that giveth gifts

                Pro.21:14                A gift in secret pacifieth anger...& strong wrath

                (Warning: see Pro.17:23)

B. When not to accept gifts:

                Exo.23:8  Take no gift [with "strings attached"]: for the gift blindeth the wise, & perverteth the... righteous

                Num.22:18              If Balak would give me his house full of...gold, I cannot go beyond the Word of the Lord

                1Ki.13:7-10             [Young prophet refused gifts from disobedient king]

                2Ki.5:15,16             [Elisha refused Naaman's money, but Gehazi coveted it --vs.20-27] Is it a time to receive money?

                (Re: bribes, see Deut.16:19; Pro.29:4; Eccl.7:7.)

 

 

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