By Gina Calvert

8 Compelling Bible Verses about Giving From the Heart

Generosity is the spontaneous act of giving from a joyful, grateful, and loving heart that experiences life through the lens of God’s abundant gifts.

While there’s a type of generosity that can exist through self-centered motives, those gifts are often panic-inducing and joyless for the giver.

If you want your charitable giving to be more generous, extravagant, and joyous, consider these 8 compelling Bible verses, shown here from The Passion Translation:

And if I were to be so generous as to give away everything I owned to feed the poor … without the pure motive of love, I would gain nothing of value.
– 1 Corinthians 13:3 (TPT)

A stingy sower will reap a meager harvest, but the one who sows from a generous spirit will reap an abundant harvest. Let giving flow from your heart, not from a sense of religious duty. Let it spring up freely from the joy of giving—all because God loves hilarious generosity!
– 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 (TPT)

“Listen to me,” [Jesus] said. “This poor widow has given a larger offering than any of the wealthy. For the rich only gave out of their surplus, but she sacrificed out of her poverty and gave to God all that she had to live on.”
– Luke 21:3-4 (TPT)

For we must always cherish the words of our Lord Jesus, who taught, “Giving brings a far greater blessing than receiving.”
– Acts 20:35 (TPT)

Generosity brings prosperity, but withholding from charity brings poverty. Those who live to bless others will have blessings heaped upon them and the one who pours out his life to pour out blessings will be saturated with favor.
– Proverbs 11:24-25 (TPT)

Examine your motives to make sure you’re not showing off when you do your good deeds, only to be admired by others; otherwise, you will lose the reward of your heavenly Father … When you demonstrate generosity, do it with pure motives and without drawing attention to yourself. Give secretly and your Father, who sees all you do, will reward you openly.
– Matthew 6:1-4 (TPT)

Beloved ones, we must tell you about the grace God poured out upon the churches of Macedonia. For even during a season of severe difficulty and tremendous suffering, they became even more filled with joy. From the depths of their extreme poverty, super-abundant joy overflowed into an act of extravagant generosity.
– 2 Corinthians 8:1-2 (TPT)

If anyone sees a fellow believer in need and has the means to help him, yet shows no pity and closes his heart against him, how is it even possible that God’s love lives in him?
– 1 John 3:17 (TPT)