I was looking for Giving Quotes - then realized that in my study of giving and generosity I have put down many key, nugget thoughts in my devotional notes. I will continue to look for succinct quotes on giving from other articulate people, but I will start this page with some of the ones from my study.
I've started another page for Scriptures on Giving - in case you are looking for these specifically.
"...They gave themselves first to the Lord...." If I want to be a godly giver, I will need to do that first too.
"In the midst of hard times and extreme poverty I can have joy well up into generosity."
"Just as I try to do my best in all other areas of my life, I need to learn and do my very best too, at giving wisely in Jesus' name."
"Giving willingly brings down the acceptable giving level scaled to "out of what I have," rather than what I wish I had."
"It's not that God wants me to be short-changed while others have more, but that there might be some fairness."
"We need to do our giving in an ethical way so that it pleases the Lord, and those who watch us give."
"Don't hide your eagerness to give. Often, when we do something enthusiastically, it inspires/stirs others to follow our example."
"If the harvest in direct ratio to how much is sown, then it's easy - increase the seed sown to get a larger harvest!"
"Don't worry about the seed to sow for your harvest - God is going to provide that generously, so your generosity will trigger much thanksgiving to God."
"The spiritual harvest of your generosity will show in much thanksgiving to God and heart-felt prayers for you!"
"I need to start taking deliberate steps for more and wiser giving. I can build on this plan as I grow in understanding and discernment, but I need to get started, and I'm sure the Lord will provide and guide."
"Give privately, without fanfare or publicity. Give so stealthily that the other half of your activities doesn't know."
"Carry out your enthusiastic, willing plans for giving. Remember, give out of what you have, not what you wish you had."
"What a profound principle! God does not take from us to make life easier for someone else and us miserable. He will see to it that while we look out for others, they will look out for our needs and we will all be better off."
"Sowing is giving and we receive in direct ratio to how sparingly or generously we give - but our giving must be planned and be gladly given."
"The beggar at the Gate Beautiful was asking for money, but when Peter and John came by him, they saw that he had a much greater need than for food money. He needed a miraculous healing."
"Under God's rule we are to look out for and help fellow citizens who are poor, without making a profit on them."
"Be openhanded and generous towards your relatives in need. Obedience to this comes with a blessing from God on all you try to do."
"If we are going to focus on our God in a fast, what He wants to see us do, is break injustice, set the oppressed free, feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, clothe the naked, and not to ignore our own relatives in need."
"Give something and lend out whenever you are asked. This is a scary commandment of Jesus'! What if we'll be taken advantage of?"
Let me know your thoughts and questions on giving in response to these articles.
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