Give to Others
Giving is the first practical action of biblical finance; it exemplifies an understanding of what it means to live a life of stewardship. Giving involves putting God first in our lives and trusting HIM to take care of us. As believers we recognize that God is gracious and generous. Since we were made in HIS image (Genesis 1:26), we should give as a response to HIS goodness and generosity and out of gratefulness for what we have received. Giving disconnects us from the self-serving, temporal minded condition of the world and causes us to become less greedy, selfish, materialistic, and more invested in the lives and souls of others.
Deuteronomy 15:10“Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart: then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-7“Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
Proverbs 28:27“He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.”