By Gina Calvert

8 “Giving” Bible Verses for Growing a Generous Spirit

If growing a generous spirit in yourself or your church is a goal, these 7 giving Bible verses reveal interesting dynamics about giving. They indicate the need for us to dig deeply into our own motives and expectations about why and how we give:

The Rewards of Giving

Many giving Bible verses impress on us the fact that God has put in place a natural Law of Reciprocity: Generally speaking, generosity plants seeds for a blessed life. Counting on this or finding comfort in it can seem contradictory to the attitudes that should accompany our giving. But this is simply one of the many areas of tension we must constantly navigate. It’s okay to accept a reward for generous giving; it doesn’t necessarily negate the spirit of the gift.

Luke 6:38 (NIV): God rewards generosity

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

The Attitudes of Giving

Matthew 6:21 says, “Where your heart is, there also will be your treasure.” This indicates the strong connection between our money and our attitudes:

2 Corinthians 9:7: God wants our giving to be done cheerfully.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

Matthew 6:2: God wants us to give humbly, without seeking credit.

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”

Corinthians 13:3: Love should be our primary motive for giving.

“If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

1 John 3:17: Giving can indicate our heart condition.

“But if someone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but refuses to help, how can the love of God dwell in a person like that?”

The Expectations of Giving

Sometimes giving seems impossible, but these giving Bible verses indicate otherwise:

1 Corinthians 8:1-2 (TPT): Giving is possible, even during challenging times.

“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.”

Luke 21:3-4 (NLV): God does not mandate amounts, but looks for sacrificial giving.

“Jesus looked up and saw rich men putting their money into the money box in the house of God. He saw a poor woman whose husband had died. She put in two very small pieces of money. He said, “I tell you the truth, this poor woman has put in more than all of them. For they have put in a little of the money they had no need for. She is very poor and has put in all she had. She has put in what she needed for her own living.”

Ultimately, generous giving is motivated and developed by our:

  • Love for God
  • Gratitude
  • Recognition that everything we have comes from God
  • Desire to be obedient
  • Belief in his promises regarding generosity

These are things we must pray for and ask God to develop in us.

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