So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.
II Corinthians 9:7
Is “tithing” mentioned in the New Testament? I get this question all the time. The word “tithing” is not mentioned. However, we are given many examples as to how we are to give back to God.
In today’s verse, Paul addresses the “attitude” that giving should stem from as we honor God and bless others. Here are five “nesses” of biblical giving to keep in mind.
- Willingness: Our generosity should be a product of thoughtful consideration, prayer, and seeking God’s guidance. When we purposefully decide what to give, it reflects our willingness to align our hearts with God’s will.
- Joyfulness: Paul reminds us that God loves a cheerful giver. When we give joyfully, it reflects our gratitude for God’s blessings in our lives. Joyful giving is a response to God’s love and grace, expressing our love for Him and our concern for others.
- Free-Heartedness: Paul emphasizes that giving should not be forced upon us. God desires a voluntary and free-hearted response from His children. Our willingness to give out of love for God and others, brings joy to the heart of God.
- Abundantness: Although this is not an actual word it makes sense. Throughout the Bible, we see the theme of sowing and reaping. When we give abundantly, we open ourselves up to receive God’s blessings in abundance. Our generosity paves the way for God’s abundance in our lives.
- Reflectiveness: Ultimately, our giving mirrors the nature of God, who is the ultimate Giver. He gave us His Son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for our salvation. When we give, we reflect God’s character and demonstrate His love to the world.
May your giving not only bless others but also deepen your relationship with God.
Lord, thank You for being a gracious and generous God. Help me to give with pure motives and a joyful heart, as an act of worship. Let my generosity be a reflection of Your love that abides in me. In Jesus’ name, amen