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Our God is a giving God. He is a God of abundance (John 10:10; James 1:5; Psalm 103:8; Isaiah 55:1-7; 2 Corinthians 9:8; Romans 5:20), and He loves to give. He sacrificed willingly on the cross and...
Giving is so emphasised in christian faith, because giving is the foundation of christianity! For God so loved the world, that He gave, His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3v16) God demonstrated His love by giving up Jesus, to be a sacrifice for our redemption! This was God's proof that He loves humankind more than any thing else! Without God's giving, today there woudnt be any christianity, it was His giving that gave birth to christianity, thus therefore anyone who understands and accept God's giving, will in turn do the same!
Giving is an act of love in obedience to Christ's command that we "Love our neighbours as ourselves" (Mark 12:30-31). Giving demonstrates our thankfulness to God for our salvation (Luke 7:47) Giving crucifies evil desires of our flesh. Satan uses "greed" and "covetousness" to incite us to want and keep more and more material wealth for ourselves. When we practice a life of "generous" giving we put these desires to death. Thank you Jesus for showing us through your life the generous heart of our Father in heaven.
Casually observing any culture or society, then it’s easy to conclude that it’s built into all of humanity the ability to have sympathy/empathy and step-up and lend a hand. (aka: ‘give’). What’s peculiarly missing in Christian circles is the recognition of the when-s, where-s, to whom-s, and under what circumstances to NOT fetter in another’s affairs. Valid points can be made as to when to give aid/assistance, and when to preserve our own resources to be used for a later opportunity. In what realm is Christian charity even invoked in the Bible? Sure, it can be at the individual level as led by the Holy Spirit, even at the church level, but there’s no such thing as “Christian charity” done above and beyond that, - like from a government or such. A Christian brand of ‘giving’ always has an eternal-eternity purpose in mind. A ‘giving’ that’s unique and a superset of what any other run-of-the-mill society would do for its ‘own’. What’s ‘best’ for the receiver is paramount,... rather than making us (or church affiliation) appear benevolent to outsiders. In modern church history it’s been rife with what’s been deemed ‘toxic giving’, - where more harm than good is done (to both the giver and receiver(s)) Even the heathens can give a cool water, yet ONLY a cup of cool water in Jesus’ name (Mark 9:41) has an eternal significance.
Giving is so emphasized in the Christian faith because we might be blessed by so doing (Prov. 3:9-10; 28:20; Mal 3:10; Luke 6:38; 2 Cor. 9:6). Also, a reason for giving our money is that God's work might be supported (1 Tim 5:17-18). That needy saints may be provided for is another reason for giving (Acts 11:29; 1 John 3:17). A fourth reason for this stewardship is that other Christians might be challenged (2 Cor. 9:2) and the Father glorified (2 Co. 9:12).
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