“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap,” and, “You will be made rich in every way so you can be generous on every occasion.”
Now let’s not confuse this with the “give to get” heresy, where we’re admonished to give in order to receive. “If you need a thousand dollars,” the TV evangelist says, “Send me a hundred, and the Lord will bless your gift tenfold.” That’s the opposite of God’s way because it makes greed the motive for giving.
No, the Lord loves a cheerful giver, someone who gives because he already has received, and who knows there’s plenty more where that came from. The cheerful giver’s motive is one of gratitude, not greed. He remembers the promise from Philippians 4:19, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”
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