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Tithing in the Bible: 100+ Scriptures about Giving

Jesus is the most generous person who ever lived. He left the comforts of heaven, took on human flesh, and gave his life on the cross so that we might live in him.

In response to Jesus’ generosity, we are called to be generous. We are called to be generous with our money. We are called to steward our possessions. We are called to volunteer our time.

No one argues over whether Christians should be generous—it’s a hallmark of the Christian faith.

But here’s the deal:

When it comes to the definition of tithing in the bible things get … interesting. Over the years, there’s been a ton of ink spilled over whether or not Christians should participate in tithing.

In this post, I’m going to walk you through tithing and offering scriptures.

Let's take an in-depth look at 10 topics about tithing in the Bible:

  1. What is tithing in the bible?
  2. What does the Bible say about paying tithes?
  3. Where was it first mentioned in the Bible?
  4. Are Christians required to participate in tithing?
  5. Should you tithe?
  6. What are offerings in the bible?
  7. What percentage of Christians participate in tithing?
  8. Old Testament scriptures on tithing
  9. What does the New Testament say about tithing?
  10. Living a generous life

In the post, I’m also going to share over 100 scriptures about tithing in the Bible, giving, and generosity. So there will be a lot to cover.

Ready to get started?

Let’s dig in!

What is tithing in the Bible?

First, let's start by answering the question "what is a tithe?" The definition comes from Hebrew and means "a tenth."

Tithing in the Bible refers to giving 10 percent of your annual earnings, productions, or possessions. In the Old Testament, we observe Abraham and Jacob offering a tithe to God in Genesis 14 and 28. The Israelites were also commanded to tithe from what they earned (Lev. 27:30; Num. 18:25–28; Deut. 14:22–24; 2 Chron. 31:5–6).


What does the Bible say about paying tithes?

The Bible is very clear in Leviticus 27:30 where it says “A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain or fruit, is the Lord’s, and is holy.” And Proverbs 3:9 (NIV) says, “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.” It’s critical to recognize that tithing was central to God’s law. The Israelites didn’t wait to feel inspired to tithe, it was expected.

You’re probably thinking:

That was good for them, but what about now? Do I have to tithe?

This is a fair question, and there’s no shame in asking.

It’s not every day an organization asks you to give 10 percent of your income, right?

Where was it first mentioned in the Bible?

The first tithe made in the bible happened in Genesis14: 19-20. The first person to do so in the bible was Abram. Abram (more well known as Abraham) returned from battle and was met by Melchizedek. During their encounter Melchizedek attributes Abram’s victory to God and he blesses Abram.Abram responds to the blessing in gratitude and gives Melchizedek a tenth (aka tithe) of all his possessions.    

And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Possessor of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!” And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.

Jacob offers the second tithe as recorded in the Bible. Over in Genesis 28:20–22 Jacob responds to a dream he received from God by building an altar and vowing that, in exchange for God’s care and provision, he would giveGod a tenth of his belongings.

Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat and clothing to wear, so that I come again to my father’s house in peace, then the Lord shall be my God, and this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, shall be God’s house. And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you.”

Are Christians required to participate in tithing?

Over the past 2,000 years, many different opinions have surfaced concerning biblical tithing. But basically, most Christians today align with one of these two views: They are commanded to tithe or they are commanded to be generous.

Let’s take a brief look at both of these positions on tithing in the bible.

1. Christians are commanded to tithe

Here’s the argument:

Tithing in the bible began in the Old Testament, and it's still commanded today.

This position stands on two pillars.

First, is that the requirement to tithe was made before the Mosaic covenant (Gen. 14; 28; Heb. 7:1). If this is true, then this means the tithe was not abolished in Christ and is still in force today.

Second, this position argues that Jesus affirmed the continuation of the tithe (Matt. 23:23). Since Jesus upheld the tithe, then Christians are commanded to tithe today.

Christians who take this position believe you should donate at least10 percent (more on this later) or to other causes outside of the local church. More or less, this position treats the tithe as a baseline of giving—not a limit.

2. Christians are commanded to be generous

Here’s the argument:

Christians are called to give generously, but they’re not commanded to tithe.

This position boils down to three main points.

First, the offerings that were tithed by Abraham (Gen. 14) and Jacob (Gen. 28) are descriptions—not prescriptions. In other words, there's no evidence that Abraham and Jacob continued to tithe or that their actions were binding for others then or today.

Second, the tithing required by the Israelites was a part of the Mosaic Law. When Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Mosaic Law (Matt. 5:17), the obligation to tithe was also abolished. What is more, when Jesus talked about tithing and offering sacrifices (Matt. 5:23–24; 23:23; Luke 11:42), he did so before he started the New Covenant, which means it’s not binding today.

Finally, the New Testament (NT) does not command Christians to tithe. When giving is referenced in the NT, followers of Christ are commanded to give generously (2 Cor. 8–9)—not to give strict 10 percent.

What does this mean for you?

Let’s take a look at that next.

Should I give?

That’s not for me to decide. There are strengths and weaknesses in both of these positions, and the length of this blog post isn't sufficient to cover everything about tithing in the bible. When thinking through tithing, it’s best for you to do three things:

  • Study tithing in the Bible
  • Seek counsel from your church
  • Serve God with a clear conscience

Now that you have a better idea of what it means to tithe, let’s explore another common topic about giving: offerings.

What are offerings in the bible?

When you study the Bible, “offerings” are a bit more nuanced than “tithing.” Actually, what you think about “offerings” is largely based on what you believe about “tithing.” An offering is a financial gift you make to your church that is more than your tithe (10%). For example, if you give 10 percent of your annual income to your local church, then an offering is any money you donate that exceeds this amount.

Do you believe Christians are called to live generously?

Then an offering is a financial gift you make to your local church—regardless of the amount you give. Basically, “offering” is what you call giving to your church.

These two nuances aren’t perfect.

But if you search online for tithing, then you’ll see that this is the way many church leaders talk about giving.

There’s one more thing you need to know about offerings:

God also calls you to offer yourself as a living sacrifice to him.

Check out these words from Paul:

"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship" (Rom. 12:1).

To offer yourself as a living sacrifice to God is to offer yourself entirely to him.

Offering your life to God isn’t something you do one time at the altar or on the days you feel good. Living sacrificially for God is something he calls everyone to do every day.

Practically speaking, Paul explains what this means in the next verse in Romans:

"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will" (Rom. 12:2).

There are two things we observe in this passage:

  1. Don’t be conformed to this world
  2. Renew your mind

Living the Christian life is more than just saying no to anything.

Living the Christian life is more about living for God.

When it comes to offering yourself to Christ, you are called to renew your mind. Practically speaking, you renew your mind by studying the Bible, meditating upon the scriptures, and hearing the Scriptures preached.

Renewing your mind is one way you can learn how to live for God.

Talking about living for God, one of the big areas we’re called to be faithful is with our finances.

How is the Church doing today?

That’s a great question.

What percentage of Christians participate in tithing?

Today, most Christians don’t tithe. Consider these statistics. According to State of the Plate, only 10–25 percent of church members tithe. Only 5 percent of the United States population particcaptes in tithing. On average, Christians give 2.5 percent of their income, which is down from the 3.3 percent given during the Great Depression.

There are more stats I can share, but I think you get the point. Giving in the Church is on a downward trend regardless of what we might think about tithing in the bible.

For you, here’s the deal. When you place your faith in Christ, you will—in time—be transformed into a giver.

This doesn’t mean you'll always be in a position to give 10 percent of your income. But it does mean that through faith in Christ, you will be empowered to be generous with what you have.

Let me ask you this. Do you desire to tithe? What’s holding you back?

Depending on your situation, there are several reasons why you may not be able to give to your church.

You may:

  • Be going through a difficult financial season
  • Have to much debt
  • Be growing in your faith in Christ
  • Not know why you should give
  • Not be sure how to give to your church

Regardless of what you believe about tithing—Christ is calling you to a generous life.

As you offer your life as a living sacrifice to Christ, review Bible verses about money and stewardship. Prayerfully consider what’s holding you back. Seek help from a friend or a financial advisor. And by the grace of God, strive to live the generous life God has given us and called you to live.

Over 100+ scriptures about tithing in the bible, giving, and generosity

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Where is tithing in the bible, you ask?

Regardless of what you’re looking for, here are over 100 passages on giving.

Old Testament scriptures on tithing in the bible

  1. Genesis 28:20–22: (Jacob offers a tithe) Jacob made a vow (to God), "If God will be with me and will watch over me…all that You give me I will give You a tenth.”
  2. Exodus 35:21: Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved him came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work.
  3. Exodus 35:22: All who were willing, men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD.
  4. Leviticus 27:30: (The tithe is introduced into law) A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the LORD; it is holy to the LORD.
  5. Leviticus 27:32: The entire tithe of the herd and flock-- every tenth animal that passes under the shepherd's rod-- will be holy to the LORD.
  6. Numbers 18:21: I give to the Levites (ministers) all the tithes…in return for the work they do while serving (the Lord).
  7. Numbers 18:26: (The Levites tithe) Moreover, you shall speak and say to the Levites, “When you take from the people of Israel the tithe that I have given you from them for your inheritance, then you shall present a contribution from it to the Lord, a tithe of the tithe.”
  8. Deuteronomy 14:22–23: You shall tithe all the yield of your seed that comes from the field year by year. And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.
  9. Deuteronomy 14:27–29: At the end of every three years you shall bring out all the tithe of your produce in the same year and lay it up within your towns. And the Levite, because he has no portion or inheritance with you, and the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your towns, shall come and eat and be filled, that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands that you do.
  10. Amos 4:4–5: (God requires more than the tithe) “Come to Bethel, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days; offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them; for so you love to do, O people of Israel!” declares the Lord God.
  11. 2 Chronicles 31:4–5: And he commanded the people who lived in Jerusalem to give the portion due to the priests and the Levites, that they might give themselves to the Law of the Lord. As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the first fruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.
  12. 2 Chronicles 31:12: God’s people faithfully brought in the contributions, tithes and dedicated gifts.
  13. Nehemiah 12:43–44: (God’s people) offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing…could be heard far away.  Men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, first fruits and tithes.
  14. Nehemiah 12:47: All (of God’s people) contributed the daily portions for the singers, gatekeepers…Levites (ministers).
  15. Nehemiah 13:11–12: I rebuked the officials and asked them, "Why is the house of God neglected?" Then I called them together and stationed them at their posts.  All (God’s people) brought the tithes…into the storerooms.
  16. Malachi 3:7–9: Return to me, and I will return to you," says the LORD Almighty. "But you ask, 'How are we to return?'  "Will a man rob God? Yet you rob me. "But you ask, 'How do we rob you?' "In tithes and offerings.  You are under a curse-- the whole nation of you-- because you are robbing me.
  17. Malachi 3:11–12: (God says to those who bring him tithes and offerings) “I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not cast their fruit," says the LORD Almighty.  "Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land.”
  18. 1 Kings 17:13, 8–16: Elijah said to (the starving widow woman), "Don't be afraid…first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. For this is what the LORD says: 'The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry’…She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family.
  19. Exodus 36:3–6: The people continued to bring freewill offerings morning after morning.  So all the skilled craftsmen who were doing all the work on the sanctuary left their work and said to Moses, "The people are bringing more than enough for doing the work the LORD commanded to be done."  Then Moses gave an order…"No man or woman is to make anything else as an offering for the sanctuary." And so the people were restrained from bringing more.
  20. Malachi 1:6–7: "A son honors his father, a servant honors his master. I am your Father and Master, yet you don't honor me…you despise my name." "Who? Us?" you say. "When did we ever despise your name?"  "When you offer polluted sacrifices on my altar." "Polluted sacrifices? When have we ever done a thing like that?" "Every time you say, 'Don't bother bringing anything very valuable to offer to God!'”
  21. Malachi 1:8–10: (God’s ministers tell people) 'Lame animals are all right to offer on the altar of the Lord-- yes, even the sick and the blind ones.' And you claim this isn't evil? Try it on your governor sometime-- give him gifts like that-- and see how pleased he is!… I have no pleasure in you," says the Lord Almighty, "and I will not accept your offerings.”
  22. Malachi 1:11: “My name will be honored…from morning till night. All around the world people will offer…pure offerings in honor of my name. For my name shall be great among the nations," says the Lord Almighty.
  23. Malachi 1:12–13: (Ministers dishonor God by telling people) God’s altar is not important and encouraging people to bring cheap, sick animals to offer to God.  "You say, 'Oh, it's too difficult to serve the Lord and do what he asks.' And you turn up your noses at the rules he has given you to obey. Think of it! Stolen animals, lame and sick-- as offerings to God! Should I accept such offerings as these?" asks the Lord.
  24. Malachi 1:14: “Cursed is that man who promises a fine ram from his flock and substitutes a sick one to sacrifice to God. For I am a Great King," says the Lord Almighty, "and my name is to be mightily revered among the people of the world."
  25. Haggai 1:4: "Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while (God’s) house remains a ruin?"
  26. Haggai 1:5–8: This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.  You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it."  This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways…build (My) house…so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored.”
  27. Haggai 1:9–11: "You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?" declares the LORD Almighty. "Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with his own house.  Therefore, because of you the heavens have withheld their dew and the earth its crops.  I called for a drought on the fields and the mountains, on the grain, the new wine, the oil and whatever the ground produces, on men and cattle, and on the labor of your hands."
  28. Proverbs 3:9–10: Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
  29. Proverbs 18:9: One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys.
  30. Proverbs 28:22: A stingy man is eager to get rich and is unaware that poverty awaits him.
  31. Proverbs 28:27: He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses.
  32. 1 Chronicles 29:2–3: (King David said to God’s people) “With all my resources I have provided for the temple of my God—gold…silver…bronze…iron…wood…onyx…turquoise…all kinds of fine stone and marble-- all of these in large quantities.  In my devotion to the temple of my God I now give my personal treasures of gold and silver for the temple of my God, over and above everything I have provided.
  33. 1 Chronicles 29:5–8: (King David said to the leaders) “Who is willing to consecrate himself today to the LORD?"  Then the leaders of families…officers…commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds…and the officials…gave willingly.  They gave toward the work on the temple of God gold…silver…bronze…iron.  Any who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the LORD.
  34. 1 Chronicles 29:9: The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the LORD. David the king also rejoiced greatly.
  35. 1 Chronicles 29:11–12: Everything in heaven and earth is Yours, O LORD.  Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.
  36. 1 Chronicles 29:13–14: (David prayed to God) “God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.  "But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”
  37. 1 Chronicles 29:16: LORD our God, as for all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name, it comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.
  38. I Chronicles 29:17: (David prayed to God) “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these (offerings) I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.”
  39. Ezra 2:68–69: Families gave freewill offerings toward the rebuilding of the house of God.  According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work.
  40. Deuteronomy 28:12: The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.
  41. Psalm 50:10: Every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills…the creatures of the field are mine… the world is mine, and all that is in it.
  42. Deuteronomy 8:18: Remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.
  43. Deuteronomy 16:10: Celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the LORD your God has given you.
  44. Deuteronomy 16:16: No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed.
  45. Deuteronomy 16:17: Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.
  46. Isaiah 32:8: The noble man makes noble plans, and by noble deeds he stands.

Tithing in the New Testament

  1. Matthew 23:23: "Woe to you, teachers of the law…You give a tenth…But you have neglected the more important matters-- justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.
  2. Luke 6:38: If you give, you will get! Your gift will return to you in full and overflowing measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use to give-- large or small-- will be used to measure what is given back to you.
  3. Luke 6:38: Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
  4. Luke 18:9–14: He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
  5. Matthew 6:1–4: Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 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. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
  6. 2 Corinthians 8:2–2: Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.  For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.
  7. 2 Corinthians 8:5: They gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God's will.
  8. 2 Corinthians 8:7: Just as you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us-- see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
  9. 2 Corinthians 8:10–11: Last year you were the first not only to give but also to have the desire to do so.  Now finish the work, so that your eager willingness to do it may be matched by your completion of it, according to your means.
  10. 2 Corinthians 8:12: If the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have.
  11. 2 Corinthians 8:20–21: We want to avoid any criticism of the way we administer this liberal gift.  For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of men.
  12. 2 Corinthians 9:5: I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.
  13. 2 Corinthians 9:6: Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.
  14. 2 Corinthians 9:7: Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
  15. 2 Corinthians 9:8: God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
  16. 2 Corinthians 9:10: Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.
  17. 2 Corinthians 9:11: You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
  18. 2 Corinthians 9:12: This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God.
  19. 2 Corinthians 9:13: Men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else.
  20. Matthew 6:26: Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
  21. Matthew 6:27–31: Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'   For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
  22. Matthew 6:33–34: Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things (food, clothing, drink) will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
  23. Mark 12:41–44: Jesus sat down opposite the place where the offerings were put and watched the crowd putting their money into the temple treasury. Many rich people threw in large amounts. But a poor widow came and put in two very small copper coins, worth only a fraction of a penny.  Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others.  They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything-- all she had to live on."
  24. 1 Corinthians 16:2: On every Lord's Day each of you should put aside something from what you have earned during the week, and use it for this offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.
  25. 1 Timothy 6:6–8: Godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.  But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
  26. 1 Timothy 6:9: People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.
  27. 1 Timothy 6:17–19: Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.  Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.  In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
  28. Matthew 6:19–21: (Jesus said) "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  29. Matthew 6:21: Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
  30. Hebrews 6:10: God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
  31. Acts 2:44–45: All the believers were together and had everything in common.  Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need.
  32. Romans 12:13: Share with God's people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
  33. Hebrews 13:16: Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
  34. Hebrews 7:1–2: For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings and blessed him, and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.
  35. I John 3:17: If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?
  36. Luke 18:22–25: When Jesus heard this, he said to the rich young ruler, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."  When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth.  Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
  37. Luke 11:42: But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.
  38. Galatians 6:6:Those who are taught the Word of God should help their teachers by paying them.
  39. Galatians 6:6: Anyone who receives instruction in the word must share all good things with his instructor.
  40. Matthew 25:35–40: I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'  "Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?’…"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'
  41. Acts 20:35: (Remember Jesus’ words when he said) “It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Living a generous life

Tithing was used by God in the Old Testament to take care of his people. Today, Christ works through your offerings to advance his kingdom and bless others. To participate in Christ's work, it’s essential to live a generous life.

A generous life includes serving with your time and talents. But for the sake of this post, let’s talk about three ways you can become a generous giver:

  • Study the Bible
  • Pray about your situation
  • Seek counsel

To live for Christ, you have to know what Christ asks of you.

To do this, you have to study the Bible. When it comes to a generous life, it’s essential to study these topics:

Studying these topics is the foundation of living a generous life for Christ.

After studying the Bible, the second best thing to do is to pray about your situation. Praying through what you’ve studied is one of the best ways you can receive guidance in your life from Christ. He will guide you through his Word, and give you the grace you need to live a generous life.

Even though you have to take personal responsibility for your life, Christ doesn’t call you to do it alone. He invites you to seek counsel in your life.

When it comes to your finances and your thoughts around tithing in the bible, getting advice from a friend, pastor, or financial advisor can make a significant difference. Someone looking at your situation from the outside can provide new insight or confirm what you’re already thinking.

These three principles work best together, and as you strive to live a generous life, they will point you in the right direction.

Over to you

Let me leave you with this parting word: Be generous like Jesus was generous.

Regardless of what you decide to believe about tithing, my hope is that you’ll model Jesus’ generosity—and not get hung up on the theological minutia.

As a Christian, your goal is to be like Jesus.

Jesus modeled a generous life, and he calls you to reflect his generosity.

In the words of the Apostle John:

“Whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which [Jesus] walked” (1 John 2:6).

Today, I encourage you to follow in the footsteps of your savior and live a generous life.

One last parting word: If you're a church leader, be sure to check out this free resource: Church Offering Talks: 52 Prompts for Every Occassion.

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Explaining to our children how and why God wants us to give to others can be challenging. In its simplest form, giving is an act of worship — something we do graciously and for the right reasons.

To help teach your children to understand how and why God wants us to give so selflessly, we have compiled the following bible verses about giving to others.

Why God Asks Us to Give

God has given us the greatest sacrifice — his only Son. In doing so, he left us with a true example of what it means to give. He asks us to sacrifice as an act of worship before Him. And, when we obey He will bless us.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
The Cheerful Giver
6 The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11
10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

Acts 20:35
35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Hebrews 13:16
16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.

Luke 6:37-38
Judging Others
37 “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; 38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Matthew 19:21
21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Proverbs 11:24-25
24 One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
25 Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.

Proverbs 19:17
17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will repay him for his deed.

Psalm 37:21
21 The wicked borrows but does not pay back,
but the righteous is generous and gives;

Psalm 104:28
28 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.

How God Wants Us to Give

In giving, motivation is crucial. God wants us to be cheerful, generous givers with humble hearts. He asks us to give as a response to His grace in our lives — even if what we have to offer is all that we have.

Deuteronomy 15:7-8
7 “If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, 8 but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.

Deuteronomy 15:10
10 You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.

Leviticus 25:36-37
36 Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. 37 You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit.

Luke 6:30
30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.

Luke 21:1-4
The Widow's Offering
21 Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, 2 and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3 And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. 4 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

Matthew 6:1-4
Giving to the Needy
6 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Matthew 10:8
8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.

Proverbs 3:9
9 Honor the Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;

 Proverbs 3:27
27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to do it.

Proverbs 31:9
9 Open your mouth, judge righteously,
defend the rights of the poor and needy.

Teaching children the power of generosity

As Christians, our spiritual health is greatly impacted by why and how we give. We know that all that we have belongs to God. We also know of our responsibilities to offer what we have for the promotion of Christ’s Kingdom.

Teaching our children to prayerfully give, to sacrificially give, and to give for the glory of God is a very important lesson.

When sharing these verses, try challenging them to demonstrate their message in their everyday activities. How can they be more selfless? Ask them: What kinds of ways do they see others demonstrating generosity through Christ?

Once you see them recognizing opportunities to give, discuss other people’s wants and needs with them. Help them to understand the difference and why God wants us to help meet the needs of those less fortunate than us.

When your lessons are over, look for new ways to encourage giving in your home. Remind them that giving involves more than money or material items. It can include friendship and time, and many other kinds of activities.

Faithfully planting these seeds now will allow the Lord to work in your children. And, in time, you will see that He has helped them grow a cheerful, giving heart.

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11 Inspirational Bible Verses About Giving Generously

What does the Bible say about giving? There are many examples of generosity in the Bible that incorporate tithes and offerings. Other Bible verses about giving include nonfinancial contributions such as time and voluntary service. Learn how, when, and why we should give as Christians according to Biblical truths.

How should we give?

1. We should give cheerfully.

2 Corinthians 9:7

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. We should give from a spirit of love.

1 Corinthians 13:3

If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

3. We should give from the top, not from our leftovers.

Proverbs 3:9

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.

4. We should give without expecting credit

Matthew 6:2

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.

Pro tip: Check out Dave Ramsey’s Biblical financial advice about your common questions with tithing and giving.

When should we give?

5. We should give when others ask for help.

Luke 6:30

Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.

6. We should generously give whenever we can.

Proverbs 3:27

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.

Pro tip: You can give generously beyond financial contributions. Check out these 13 charitable ideas to get started, and learn how you can apply generosity in the Bible to your own life.

Why do we give?

7. Everything belongs to God.

1 Chronicles 29:14

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

8. We give out of thanksgiving to God.

2 Corinthians 9:11

You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

9. We find inner peace when we give generously.

Proverbs 11:25

A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

10. The spirit in which we give is the spirit in which we will receive.

Luke 6:38

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

11. God takes care of all our needs.

Philippians 4:19

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.

Examples of generous giving in the Bible:

Abraham gives King and High Priest Melchizedek a “tenth of everything.” (Genesis 14-18-20)

Ruth devotes her life to Naomi after both their husbands die. (Ruth 1) – Click for

Joseph of Arimathea gives Jesus his tomb, an expensive and irreplaceable gift. (Matthew 27: 57-60)

The poor widow presents two mites, the whole of her possession, at the temple. (Mark 12:41-44)

Jesus washes His disciples’ feet. (John 13:1-17)

God sent His only Son to live a perfect life, die for our sins, and gift us with eternal life. (John 3:16)

What have you learned from these bible verses about giving generously?

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70 Bible Verses about Giving

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Charity » Giving

Acts 20:35

In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ”

Giving » To God, general references to

Numbers 31:50

So we have brought as an offering to the Lord what each man found, articles of gold, armlets and bracelets, signet rings, earrings and necklaces,

Proverbs 3:9
2 Samuel 8:10-11

Toi sent Joram his son to King David to greet him and bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him; for Hadadezer had been at war with Toi. And Joram brought with him articles of silver, of gold and of bronze. King David also dedicated these to the LORD, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all the nations which he had subdued:

Micah 4:13
Exodus 25:2

More verses:Exodus 35:51 Chronicles 29:92 Chronicles 15:18Ezra 8:28

Giving » Scriptural rules for » According to ability

Leviticus 14:30

He shall then offer one of the turtledoves or young pigeons,

Leviticus 27:8

But if he is poorer than your valuation, then he shall be placed before the priest and the priest shall value him;

Deuteronomy 16:17

Every man

Ezra 2:69

According to their ability they gave

Nehemiah 5:8

I said to them, “We according to our ability

More verses:Acts 11:292 Corinthians 8:12

Giving » Systematic » To God, of the best

Ephesians 5:27

that He might

1 Peter 1:19

but with precious

Exodus 12:5

Your

Leviticus 22:21

When a man offers a sacrifice of peace offerings to the Lord

Giving » Rules for

Matthew 6:1-4

"Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. "So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be honored by men Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. "But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, read more.
so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

2 Corinthians 9:6-7

Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

1 Corinthians 16:2

On

2 Corinthians 8:11-12

But now finish doing it also, so that just as there was the readiness to desire it, so there may be also the completion of it by your ability. For if the readiness is present, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have.

2 Corinthians 8:14

at this present time your abundance being a supply for

Giving » Scriptural rules for » Freely

Luke 12:33

Matthew 10:8

Luke 6:38

Giving » Systematic » Freely

Luke 12:33

Matthew 10:8

Luke 6:38

Giving » Scriptural rules for » According to income

Deuteronomy 16:17

Every man

Matthew 5:42

Giving » Systematic » According to income

Deuteronomy 16:17

Every man

Matthew 5:42

Giving » Sacrificial » The widow of zarephath

1 Kings 17:13

Then Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go, do as you have said, but make me a little bread cake from

1 Kings 17:15

So she went and did according to the word of Elijah, and she and he and her household ate for many days.

Giving » Sacrificial » The churches of macedonia

2 Corinthians 8:3-4

For I testify that according to their ability, and beyond their ability, they gave of their own accord, begging us with much urging for the favor of participation in the support of the saints,

Giving » Scriptural rules for » Regularly, every week

1 Corinthians 16:2

On

Giving » Systematic » Regularly, every week

1 Corinthians 16:2

On

Giving » Scriptural rules for » Cheerfully

2 Corinthians 9:7

Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not

Giving » Systematic » Cheerfully

2 Corinthians 9:7

Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not

Giving » Sacrificial » Mary of bethany

Matthew 26:7

Giving » Scriptural rules for » With simplicity

Romans 12:8

or he who

Giving » Systematic » With simplicity

Romans 12:8

or he who

Giving » Scriptural rules for » Without ostentation

Matthew 6:3

Giving » Sacrificial » Israel, at the erection of the tabernacle

Exodus 36:5

and they said to

Giving » Systematic » Without ostentation

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About giving verses

Embracing a lifestyle of true generosity is difficult. We all tend to live pretty close-fisted. We are suspicious of anyone who encourages us to give away what’s ours. We don’t doubt that Christians should practice generosity, but what we really want to know is how generous? Fortunately there are many bible verses on generosity. 

It’s an area where we want to live under the Law—we want someone to simply spell it out for us. How much do we have to give to keep God happy? It’s so much easier to be given an expectation than to be told, “give as much you can.”

What if I told you that Jesus encourages a generosity that borders on foolishness, and is motivating you with the promise of reward? It’s true. God doesn’t want you to give out of fear or guilt, he wants you to live charitably out of faith.

As you make your way through the Bible, you discover a God both gracious and compassionate. As we choose to follow him, he beckons us to follow his example and be kind and open-hearted.

Here are 20 bible verses on generosity that give us a glimpse into the generosity that God wants us to share:

Bible Verses on Generosity and Generous Giving

1. Leviticus 25:35–37, Giving to those in need

If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you. Take no interest from him or profit, but fear your God, that your brother may live beside you. You shall not lend him your money at interest, nor give him your food for profit. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, and to be your God.

God commanded the Israelites to be generous and merciful to each other. Your brother’s need was not to be capitalized on for personal gain. If you loaned money to a fellow Israelite, you were not to charge interest.

Because the Israelites were delivered from Egypt, and therefore recipients of God’s generosity, they were to show impartial generosity to each other.

2. Deuteronomy 15:7–8, Giving sufficiently

If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.

Here we see a sentiment similar to the one we saw in Leviticus, but God widens its scope. If you know of a brother in need in any of the towns in your land, you are to lend him whatever he lacks.

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3. Psalm 41:1–3, God’s promise to the generous

Blessed is the one who considers the poor!
In the day of trouble the Lord delivers him;
the Lord protects him and keeps him alive;
he is called blessed in the land;
you do not give him up to the will of his enemies.
The Lord sustains him on his sickbed;
in his illness you restore him to full health.

The Psalmist kicks off Psalm 41 by acknowledging the covenant that exists between God and the generous. God responds to the kindness and generosity of his people with protection, health, and abundance. As we’ll see in a bit, this is to enable them to be even more generous.

4. LUKE 6:37–38, HAVING A GENEROUS SPIRIT

Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.

Generosity comes in more forms than commerce. To withhold judgment, condemnation, and unforgiveness is to act generously, and, in God’s economy, it is rewarded with the same kind of benevolence—pressed down, shaken together, and running over.

5. GALATIANS 6:2, FULFILLING THE LAW OF CHRIST

Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

What is the law of Christ? Love the Lord with our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. And it’s fulfilled by bearing one another’s burdens.

Bible Verses on Generosity and Selfishness

6. Psalm 119:36, Eschewing selfishness

Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!

The key to living a life of generosity is in having a heart that delights in the Lord. When we find our purpose and joy in conforming to Christ’s image, we shed the inclination to indulge in materialistic fantasies and desires.

7. PROVERBS 21:13, MAINTAINING GENEROUS EARS

Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor
will himself call out and not be answered.

It’s interesting that God attaches intention to not responding to the needs of the poor. No matter what justification we might fabricate to excuse ourselves, the Lord calls it a willful “closing of our ears.”

In the same way that we lend to the Lord by giving to the poor, we withhold from the Lord when we respond selfishly to need—that gets repaid as well.

8. MATTHEW 6:19–21, INVESTING IN FUTURE TREASURE

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

In keeping with some of these Old Testament passages, Jesus challenges us with a choice: accumulate stuff here (which ultimately has no value), or use it in such a generous way that we’re investing it in the coming Kingdom.

When we are generous with the things that come through our life, we are actually sending it ahead, and we’ll be compensated by God.

The beauty in this passage is found in Jesus’ promise that as we invest our resources in God’s Kingdom, our heart will also be pulled in that direction. If you ever find yourself praying that God would awaken a desire in your heart for Kingdom things, try practicing generosity for a couple months.

9. PROVERBS 11:24–25, YOUR GENEROSITY DEFINES YOUR EXPERIENCE

One gives freely, yet grows all the richer;
another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,
and one who waters will himself be watered.

This passage communicates a principle sewn into the fabric of God’s world. The more you grasp and hoard, the more you need. Those who give freely and generously find that they’re happier, healthier, and experience more blessings.

Bible Verses on Generosity and Helping Others

10. PROVERBS 19:17, LENDING TO THE LORD

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.

Can you imagine being in the Lord’s debt? How much more would you give to the poor if you knew that God himself planned to pay you back? True, altruistic generosity requires a certain amount of faith.

11. PROVERBS 22:9, EXPECTING THE LORD’S GENEROSITY

Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.

Many people live from deficit, believing that there’s only so much to go around—and if you don’t get yours, someone else will. It’s nearly impossible to see the world that way and be a generous person.

However, if you live with a “bountiful eye” that sees the world ruled by a magnanimous God who “owns the cattle on a thousand hills” (Psalm 50:10), you’re more apt to be open-handed with the resources you have, because you know that God will repay you.

12. MATTHEW 10:42, GOD KEEPS TRACK OF OUR GIVING

And whoever gives one of these little ones even a cup of cold water because he is a disciple, truly, I say to you, he will by no means lose his reward.

Again we see a relationship between how we treat the needy and vulnerable around us and our future reward. The Lord is keeping pretty intricate accounts and doesn’t even neglect to record water given in his name.

Bible Verses on Generosity and What Jesus Teaches Us

13. LUKE 21:1–4, JESUS’ ENTHUSIASM ABOUT GENEROSITY

Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he said, “Truly, I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.”

True generosity doesn’t come from our excess; it comes from sacrificial hearts. The beauty of this passage is in Jesus’ enthusiasm to point out this woman’s magnanimity out to the disciples. To think that God gets this excited when we’re openhanded is pretty inspiring.

14. JOHN 3:16, LOVE GIVES. PERIOD.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Is it any wonder that the Bible verse that most explicitly expresses the beauty of the gift we have received in Christ Jesus would also communicate something about God’s gracious generosity? Because God loved the world, he gave. Love blossoms into generosity—always.

15. 1 JOHN 3:16–18, GIVING LIKE CHRIST

By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Our generosity should model our savior’s selflessness. He gave his life for us, so we are called to be willing to do the same. It isn’t enough to talk about our love; it needs to be expressed in concrete examples of generous sacrifice.

16. 1 JOHN 2:5–6, FOLLOWING CHRIST’S EXAMPLE

By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

Paul encourages us to examine ourselves to see whether we’re in the faith (Cor. 13:5). One important way we do that is by taking stock in whether our lives are beginning to take on the self-sacrificial and cruciform nature of Jesus. We’ll give of ourselves and our resources.

Bible Verses on Generosity In Everyday Life

17. ACTS 20:32–35, SET A GENEROUS EXAMPLE

And now I commit you to God and to the message of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you an inheritance among all who are sanctified. I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands have provided for my needs and for those who were with me. In every way I’ve shown you that by laboring like this, it is necessary to help the weak and to keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

Paul’s visit with the Ephesians ends with these words. He wants to leave them an example to follow. The pattern he wants to impart is one of hard work and sacrifice because he wants them to understand the virtue of generous living.

18. 2 CORINTHIANS 8:12–15, GIVING SHOULDN’T BE A BURDEN

For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

The generosity that we’re called to isn’t intended to be a burden. It’s intended to create a culture of equitability.

19. 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6–8, GOD DOESN’T WANT TO COERCE GENEROSITY

The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

God’s ultimate desire is that we would give happily. He doesn’t want us to have to give out of obligation or coercion. He wants to bless his children. Not so that we can live in complete comfort and luxury, but so that we can be even more generous—abounding in every good work.

20. 1 TIMOTHY 6:17–19, BEING RICH IN GOOD WORKS AND GENEROSITY

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

God richly provides everything for our enjoyment. It isn’t his desire to withhold or diminish our pleasure. In fact, he wants us to experience true pleasure. He wants us to experience the joy of being rich in goodness and generosity. Once again, Paul echoes the sentiment so prevalent throughout the scriptures: our benevolence now is an investment in eternity.

Who would turn that down?

It’s obvious that being conformed to the image of Christ includes emulating his sacrificial, giving nature. We should be using our own generosity as a gauge for our own spiritual health. How open are we to give? How sacrificially?

The beauty is that in Christ’s promise “Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds.” (Rev. 20:12) As Scripture reminds us constantly, this will include checking his meticulous accounts of our generous giving.

Do you have favorite bible verses on generosity? Share them in the comments below!

FAITH TO GIVE

When it comes down to it, practicing generosity requires faith. In fact, it might be the best way to gauge how strong our faith is. Do I believe enough to make sacrifices because I believe that I’m not really losing anything?

Our generous God doesn’t want to motivate you through guilt and fear. He’s inviting you to put your faith in him, to test him. 

The free ebook, Start With Generosity, has been an excellent resource for others hoping to learn more about how God approaches generosity. These real-life stories are written by and for people just like you, and it’s amazing to see what God does through them. Click here to download it today.

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INCREASE CHURCH GENEROSITY

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Today Bible Verses - 12 Bible Verses about Giving and Receiving

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 9:7joyheartgenerosity

  • But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

    1 Chronicles 29:14moneydependence

  • A gift opens the way
    and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

    Proverbs 18:16reward

  • A generous person will prosper;
    whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

    Proverbs 11:25generosityfoodselfishness

  • For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.

    2 Corinthians 8:12encouragementgenerosity

  • Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

    Luke 6:38rewardreceivinggenerosity

  • Honor the Lord with your wealth,
    with the firstfruits of all your crops.

    Proverbs 3:9moneysacrificeharvest

  • Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.

    2 Corinthians 9:10righteousnessfoodgenerosity

  • And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

    2 Corinthians 9:8blessingworryinggoodness

  • You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

    2 Corinthians 9:11generosityblessinggratitude

  • Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
    when it is in your power to act.

    Proverbs 3:27honestydebt

  • “Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”

    Malachi 3:10foodblessingharvest

  • 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 6:2humilityreward

  • Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.

    Luke 6:30debtgenerosity

  • Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

    Psalm 37:4seekingheart

  • All day long he craves for more,
    but the righteous give without sparing.

    Proverbs 21:26greedmaterialismdesires

  • Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

    Matthew 19:21blamelessmaterialismheaven

  • If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

    1 Corinthians 13:3lovesufferingpride

  • The wicked borrow and do not repay,
    but the righteous give generously.

    Psalm 37:21debtmoneyrighteousness

  • Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

    Matthew 10:8healingreceivingsickness

  • Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

    Nehemiah 8:10foodjoy

  • Speak up and judge fairly;
    defend the rights of the poor and needy.

    Proverbs 31:9righteousnessspeakingwidows

  • 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 6:3-4rewardFather

  • Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.

    2 Corinthians 9:6harvestgenerosity

  • John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”

    Luke 3:11materialismpovertyneighbor

  • Sours: https://dailyverses.net/giving

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