A cheerful giver
About a cheerful giver, the apostle Paul in his second epistle to the Corinthian Church wrote: “So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver” (ch. 9:7). Christian goodwill grows out of free choice. A big amount of giving to others is done voluntarily as an expression of love and care from the heart of the giver (2 Corinthians 8:5). The cheerful giver is a more blessed, happier, and fulfilled person.
A reluctant giver
Giving that depresses the giver is not true giving. For only that which comes from the unconstrained will of the heart is accepted by the Lord. Such giving is not right for it is accompanied by the sorrow that people feel when they give up some of what they own. A person who gives in that spirit reaps no blessing from his action. A reluctant giver might as well not give at all, for his spirit and actions are completely contrary to the spirit of God, who has freely given us all things.
God is the ultimate Giver: “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). God’s sacrifice of His innocent Son to save humanity is the greatest of all gifts (v. 31).
Love – the motive
In giving, there should be no peer pressure, which forces a man to give in order to keep his status within the body of Christ, be part of church activities and functions, or make up for some shortcomings in one’s life. Jesus taught that love should be the motive for giving and not the praise of men (Matthew 6:2–4).
The ultimate quality of God’s character is agape love. “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:7, 8). And the ultimate honor that can be given to God by His children is the reflection of His love in their lives. This is the best way to preach God to the world (John 13:35).
Of all the believer’s responsibilities, none can be accompanied with more joy than giving, especially to projects planned to push forward the kingdom of God in this world. The spirit of generosity is the spirit of Christ (John 3:16); the spirit of selfishness is the spirit of the world and of the devil (John 10:10). The character of the believer is to give; the character of the worldly is to get.
In His service,