"Give, and you will receive. A large quantity, pressed together, shaken down, and running over will be put into your pocket. The standards you use for others will be applied to you." Luke 6:38
I can give you a million and one personal testimonies regarding this verse above. Today, I will share just one. I don't believe we have been taught properly on the principle of giving.
First, we do NOT give to receive.
If our motive is, "I am going to give so I can get back." You need to stop right there. God will never honor this attitude. Please understand, we give out of an abundance of thankfulness for all that we have. We give as an offering to God and as a form of worship for the blessings that He has bestowed upon us. We need to check the motives of our hearts. "Each of you should give whatever you have decided. You shouldn’t be sorry that you gave or feel forced to give, since God loves a cheerful giver." (2 Corinthians 9:7) It is all about giving with a heart that is joyful and happy. Our heart must be glad that we gave. If we feel forced, then do not do it. You will never be blessed. Rather, ask God to help you understand this Biblical truth that will end up blessing you. Don't miss out because you don't understand it.
Secondly, there is something that we must do.
GIVE! Giving is a beautiful characteristic to have. It is much lacking in our society. Everyone is about themselves and what is in it for them. This is the opposite of what the Bible teaches. God's children are generous people. Their generosity knows no limit. It is boundless. They give unselfishly and they are not keeping records of the good that they have done. For them, it is all about blessing others. These people are simply kind-hearted and compassionate. Helping the poor is what it is all about for them. There is no limit to their kind gestures. They understand it and put it into practice. "Freely they were given and freely they will give."