“For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God” (2 Corinthians 9:10-11, NLT).

Giving alms to the poor is often considered an...

When rich people give away money and possessions, we look at them and think, well that’s easy for them, they have plenty. When the not so rich are generous, we perhaps admire them a little more for making sacrifices to help others. There’s probably a whole psychology behind giving, but as I’m not into that stuff, I won’t go there. But for the Christian, it’s pretty simple: everything we have comes from God, he gives us both the desire and means to help others and in so doing, he is thanked and glorified.

God is the ultimate and first giver. He created the earth and put us here out of his love and with great generosity. He gave us chocolate—enough said. His whole way of life so to speak, is one of giving, generosity and sharing, all with joy, love and great extravagance. He lavished his grace and mercy on the whole world by making the ultimate sacrifice of his son. He doesn’t mean for us to keep his blessings, physical and spiritual, all to ourselves, but to be like Father, like son and daughter: to give, share and bless others as we have been blessed.

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