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Summary: The Bible encourages generous giving. Throughout its s, we are told to be generous people—to give generously of our talents, time and finances. This online Bible study on money, generosity, giving and tithing encourages Christians to share financial blessings God has given them and to help others. Practice Kindness and Making Deep Friends. If you were to read all the verses in the Bible dealing with money, you would find that a vast of them are about generosity—giving to the work of the Lord and helping people in need. Over and over, God tells us to be generous people.

This online Bible study is part of a series of studies on money and finances. More detailed information on these topics can be found in the book Putting Money in its Plac e. Although written for married couples, the practical, scriptural information in this book also applies to single people who want to handle their finances in a biblical manner. They hold on tightly to what they own, unaware that selfishness often causes financial difficulties.

You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. Proverbs Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

Whether or not you have a lot of money or material possessions, be a generous person with your time, looking for ways to help your church, other ministries, or people in need. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. Philippians Although everyone is called to be generous, you should be especially so if you are wealthy.

Do not be embarrassed by your wealth, but remember it is not your money. Use it to bless others. Command those who are rich … to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life. Regardless of your financial situation, God wants you to look for ways to bless others. Let the following examples from the Bible encourage you to use your resources—your money and your home—to further the kingdom of God.

For thousands of years, people have given a tithe ten percent and more of what they earn back to God in gratitude for his love. We read in the Old Testament:. A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the land, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord. Leviticus Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. Malachi Since we are no longer under the law, some people think we are not required to tithe. They often add that tithing is not mentioned in the New Testament. However, when Jesus rebuked the Pharisees, he said they were right to tithe one tenth of everything Luke No matter how you view tithing, there is no question that the New Testament teaches us to give generously.

Study chapters 8 and 9 of 2 Corinthians to see how important this is to God. If you have a heart to touch the world for Christ, you should be eager to give to the work of the Lord and to help others in need. Give generously to your local church. It is where you are fed and you are responsible to help support it. In addition to giving a tithe to your church, give additional offerings for special needs. Many ministries—such as missionaries, college pastors, relief organizations, crisis pregnancy centers, and Christian legal action groups—depend on generous donations.

Ask God to direct you to projects and organizations he would like you to support. Throughout the Bible, we are instructed to reach out to those in need, particularly offering generous help to those who are poor. If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered. The Bible tells us to help other Christians. God refers to all Christians collectively as the body of Christ 1 Corinthians We are family.

On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up, so that when I come no collections will have to be made. Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.

James This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. We are to help others as well. God created everyone who is alive. Every person is precious to him. A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor. You are not responsible to help each one of the hundreds of ministries you may hear about.

Pray for wisdom, then make choices. Try to identify real needs. And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ. Pray before making a commitment to give money. If you think you may be too caught up in the feeling of the moment, give yourself permission to wait and pray for a day before deciding to give. Give your tithe to your church. Then consider giving extra offerings to it also. By giving offerings for missionaries and various ministries to your church, you can have more confidence where the money is going.

My wife and I feel a sense of confidence and excitement when we support the ministries of people we know personally and people recommended by our children. If you have a friend who is a single mother struggling to make ends meet, a helping hand may go a long way. On the other hand, if you have a friend who is living irresponsibly, bailing him or her out may be the worst thing you could do. For example, giving cash probably is not the best way to help a malnourished, alcoholic parent.

Be generous, but consider giving a meal instead. Although my wife and I occasionally give money to people in financial trouble, we usually prefer to give to organizations, not individuals. Local shelters and feed-the-hungry programs have the experience and expertise to make sure the money is used in the best way.

When a ministry you know little about asks for help, research it as best you can. Is it a member of a Christian financial ability organization? Does your church or denomination endorse it? Are your friends familiar with it? Pray for the person who misused your help, and ask God to help you be wise in the future. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Many Scriptures tell us that God rewards generosity. However, if self-interest is our primary motive for giving, we are making a major mistake.

Related: Acknowledge that God Owns Everything. Not all generous Christians get rich. God promises to meet our needs and often rewards our generosity financially. However, other times the refreshment he gives is spiritual—something much more precious than money.

He poured his life out to touch the world for Christ, yet he often found himself lacking in material things Philippians What he did receive, however, was a deep relationship with God and a joyful spirit Philippians , ; Colossians When you give, you store up treasures in heaven.

We are refreshed physically, spiritually, or both while here on earth. But much more importantly, we store up treasures in heaven. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew Give to please God, not to put on a show in front of other people. There are exceptions, but in general, give privately.

If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. If you give money to an individual, it is often best to do so anonymously. One way to do this could be to give cash to your pastor or another trustworthy person who would then give it to the person in need. However, the Bible does not demand that we give secretly. When he said this, he was telling us not to show off in front of other people. A few verses later, he made a similar point when he said to pray privately Matthew , not to show off publicly. The emphasis was on our motives. It was not to forbid praying publicly, something Jesus often did Matthew , ; Mark For example, it usually would not be wise to hide your giving from your spouse.

And it would deprive your children of a good example if they never knew about your generosity. Remember that it is God who gives you the ability to share. Be thankful for the privilege of giving. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this?

Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. God is interested in your heart. Give a percentage of what you have. Do not be embarrassed because you are not rich. For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.

Related: Putting Money in its Place. Doug Britton, Bible-based Marriage and Family Therapist, has helped hundreds of thousands of people as a therapist, clinical director of a treatment center, seminar speaker, radio cohost, and author of over twenty books that show how to apply God's truths in your daily life. Visit www. Permission granted to print for personal use.

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