FILL IN THE BLANK: “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a ________ giver.”–2 Cor. 9:7
To celebrate the launch of our newest book, God and Money: How We Discovered True Riches at Harvard Business School, we’ve got another weekly trivia series for you guys to test what you think the Bible actually says about faith and finances! See below for the answer to this week’s trivia question!
Attitude Toward Giving
Luke says, “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’” (Acts 20:35).
Of course, one way we give is by providing for our family. Paul states, “But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” Paul also elaborates on the appropriate attitude, amount, motivation, and usage for giving. He writes, “But as you excel in everything . . . see that you excel in this act of grace [i.e., giving] also . . . Your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need . . . Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver . . . You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 8:7, 14; 9:7, 11).
These passages by Paul and other New Testament writers affirm Jesus’ teachings on wealth and money by highlighting the temptation and futility of pursuing wealth, encouraging us to store up treasure in heaven, and reiterating the importance of giving generously to the poor.
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