When someone ask you to give to charity, do you think about the importance ? Do you think about it on a spiritual level? Do you prompt the question; why should I give? Or, do you see it as an opportunity?
We like to keep our money to ourselves. And when we don’t give, we have the hope that someone else will give in our place. But, your robbing yourself of your blessings, and an opportunity to bless someone else. We can have all things, but we are nothing with those things if we don’t have charity.
Charity is kind, it doesn’t envy or brag, it’s not evil, and it’s not selfish. God’s word say, there is faith, hope and charity, but charity is the greatest of these. Charity is many things to us, and we don’t realize it.
You have the opportunity to bless yourself. Live a life of charity, and not a life of selfishness. As you can see, there’s great gain in charity. Therefore, the next opportunity you are blessed to bless someone else, do it cheerfully! Because God loves a cheerful giver!
I Corinthians 13:2-8 (KJV) – and though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity sufferers long, and is kind, charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
II Corinthians 9:7 (KJV) – every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give, not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.