24 Oct 8 Bible Verses About Giving: Why is it Important to Be Charitable
8 Bible Verses About Giving: Why is it Important to Be Charitable
In theory, everyone knows that being charitable is a good thing.
If you approached someone in the street — or even a member of your congregation — and asked them why it’s important to give back, what do you think they would say?
Perhaps the most common answer would be, “Because it’s the right thing to do.”
Yet, the word charitable can be a bit abstract. Let’s break it down. It simply means to be kind, forgiving and generous which sounds a lot like Jesus. Being charitable is reflecting Christ to the world.
So, if you’re having a tough time relaying why giving matters for your congregation — whether it’s donating their time and money to a good cause, or tithing for their church — here are 8 Bible verses to help you relay the importance of being charitable.
8 Bible Verses About Giving
“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7
This Corinthians verse is a great one that goes into the proper mindset you should have when giving. When people give reluctantly or simply because they are told to, it isn’t as powerful of an act as giving because you want to.
‘God loves a cheerful giver,’ the verse reads. So, when teaching on the importance of giving, make sure to address that when you’re giving — no matter the form it takes — your heart should be in it.
“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.” – Proverbs 18:16
The most charitable among us are welcomed into the “presence of the great.” An important part to note in this proverb is the fact that it says “gift.” Singular.
Every single act of charity or giving is just as important as the next. You don’t have to give 24/7 to be in the presence of the great. A single gift that can help improve someone’s life is a powerful act — and the more often you give back, the more lives you’ll positively impact.
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” – Proverbs 11:25
While depending on who you ask, this proverb may have a different meaning. Especially when it comes to the word, “refreshed.”
One way to interpret the meaning is that generous people prosper in terms of being more connected to God. In addition, the word “refreshed” may be hinting at the feeling of joy and contentment one experiences when being charitable.
When we are charitable, you just feel good afterward. However, when giving, it’s important to be modest and humble, as the next verse addresses.
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” – Matthew 6:2
Sure, when a large corporation makes a giant donation to a good cause, they are doing a lot of good.
But, when they use it as a marketing tactic to promote their business and “announce it with trumpets”, the gesture is stripped of some of its goodness.
When you are being charitable, don’t make a big show of it and tell all your friends and neighbors. Instead, be discreet about it and know that simply helping someone or supporting a good cause is enough.
“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Matthew 6:3-4
This is another verse that speaks on not boasting about your charity — and is also perhaps one of the more well-known verses on giving in the Bible.
This verse from Matthew also ends with a powerful note, stating that when you give in secret, God will see what is done even when no one else has, and will reward you. Those that give will be welcomed into Heaven with open arms.
“The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.” – Psalm 37:21
This verse is fairly cut and dry and can essentially be boiled down to, “don’t be selfish.”
In the Bible, the word “righteous” and being considered righteous is held in very high regard. One of the key attributes of those who are righteous is that they give generously.
Remember, generously doesn’t mean you have to give everything you have. It just means you should be charitable within your means.
That is an important point to clarify with your congregation.
“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” – Proverbs 3:27
Some people just need help. It’s that simple.
And, when you do have the power to act, do not keep that power to yourself, but instead, go out and be charitable.
This is a great verse that speaks on giving within your means.
“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.” – Proverbs 31:9
Perhaps one of the most powerful of all giving verses, Proverbs 31:9 is a great verse to turn to that truly speaks on the importance of giving.
It acts more of a command than anything — demanding that we all speak up against injustice in the world and judge others fairly and without bias — as well as encouraging us to defend those who cannot defend themselves.
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