Bible Summary. From God’s perspective, giving is a lifestyle, not a requirement. When giving, God is looking for us to give voluntarily and on a regular basis. For Christians, giving is done from a loving and repentant heart. See Biblical commentary and scriptures on giving.
Giving is Done Willingly.
Giving – The Widow’s Mite
From God’s perspective, giving is a lifestyle, not a requirement. If we are not giving from our heart, our act of giving will be of no effect. God made us not to be selfish. He desires that when we are in abundance to be unselfish and give to other for the purpose of kingdom-building and going to a higher level in our relationship with God. 2nd Corinthians 8:12 advises that the willingness of the mind is more important than what he has or gives.
2nd Corinthians 8:12, “For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”
Giving is a Daily Occurrence, Not Just When Asked.
When giving, God is looking to us to give voluntarily and on a regular basis. By us giving in alms and offerings we are showing God that we put Him above material things. By us giving regularly, we are showing God that we put Him above all things all the time. 1st Corinthians 16:2 advises us to give of our increase on a regular basis.
1st Corinthians 16:2, “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.”
Giving out of Love and Repentance.
In the Bible, Zacchaeus repented and immediately had a desire to give to people after he had an encountered Jesus. Zacchaeus’ desire for giving and making a commitment to give generously was not motivated as a possible good works that would get him into Heaven. No, he gave out a new, “agape” love (unmerited favor) and repentance to address his past wrongs. Luke 19:8 advises us how true repentance causes a person to give generously from their heart.
Luke 19:8, “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.”