To understand biblical giving, certain questions must be answered scripturally, such as: What is giving? How are we supposed to see or understand giving? Should it be something that we do out of compulsion, necessity or grudge? Should it be something that we do because we just have to do it, or we do it because it is something coming out of a heart of love? Our opening Scripture, 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, clearly shows us certain biblical guidelines concerning giving. Verse 6 of 2 Corinthians 9 says “…He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly, and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.” These are the two categories of givers available here; there is no provision for a third one, which is not giving at all. Everyone that appears before God in Zion ought to come with an offering before the Lord. You are not permitted to come to God empty-handed because your giving is a vital part of your worship. Then verse 7 says “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.” The place of the heart, the state of the heart, in giving is vital. At the core of liberality, which produces grace, is the love of God. We are told to be cheerful givers, not just givers; for God loves a cheerful giver. Give in love! Do more than give, be a cheerful giver.
When giving is done out of love, it becomes graceful. Grace is a child of love; so, when you give out of love, grace is the result of such giving. The love of God is the key to graciousness. People become gracious and liberal when they let love move them. A heart of love will give gracefully and graciously because the grace of liberality flows out of the abundance of love. Love must be the reason why you give and as a result, your seed cannot die because God is love, and love never fails. There is life in every seed that comes from love, sown in love. If your sowing or giving is coming from necessity, your seed is already dead in your hand before sowing it. Always remember, it’s not just a giver that God loves, but a cheerful one!
MY SOLID FRONT (YOUR CONFESSION):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I declare that I am a cheerful giver. I give in love in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and my seed sown is greatly blessed! Amen!
2 Corinthians 9:6-10; John 3:16.