This is a very important lesson. I want to point out, though, that the verses before Luke 6:38 pertain not only to giving of material possessions to others. It talks about giving love, giving mercy, giving whatever the opposite of passing judgment is (some would say grace and I would agree). We can give in SO many ways. We absolutely should tithe and give offerings to ministries, churches, missions, so many worthwhile charaties as God leads us. There is SO much more to give. Let us give to one another richly. Much love to you this day, beloved teammates.
God Loves A Cheerful Giver
2 CORINTHIANS 9:7 NLT You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully."
We all tend to like those similar to us. God is a giver, so it is only natural for Him to especially appreciate people who are givers.
JOHN 3:16 NLT "For God loved the world so much that he gave . . ."
1 TIMOTHY 6:17b NLT Their trust should be in God, who richly gives . . . .
Cheerful givers are not the only people God loves -- God loves the whole world. So the verse probably means God loves for people to give cheerfully.
Let's think about what kind of a person is a cheerful giver.
It takes both faith and love to be a cheerful giver.
If you don't care for others, at best, you might occasionally give reluctantly when it benefits you in some way. So cheerful and continued giving is a sign of love and evidence you care for others.
Faith is also necessary to be a giver. Without confidence that you will have enough in the future, it is unlikely you will give cheerfully.
Faith pleases God. God always encourages faith and tells people not to fear.
God also loves to see people blessed. And according to God's Word, the person who gives has blessings headed their direction. For God says that if we give, it will be given unto us again.
LUKE 6:38 NLT Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full -- pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back."
Because God desires abundance for us all, He is pleased when we give because He knows giving is a key to receiving. It is the law of God: in the measure we sow, we shall also reap.
Giving is love in action. Giving is proof of love. Love is not something we can see. But we can see what love produces: giving.
SAY THIS: Lord, please help me to be a cheerful giver.
Co-leader of Can't Do This On My Own
Co-leader of I Can Do All Things Through Christ
~.~There is nothing we can do to make God love us more; there is nothing we can do to make God love us less. -- Philip Yancey~