God calls on us to love others as we love ourselves. But does your love for others extend to giving to those in need? Loving others is not just the emotional feeling that we have towards someone else. Giving does not just encompass emotional needs but physical needs as well. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says:
“So, let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.”
We can say, “Well, if the scriptures say that I should give, then I guess I have to” No! Look at what this verse says. God’s love gives us many things and allows us to do things that we never thought that we would be able to do. With the love of God in our heart, we look at people differently. What we give has to come from our heart. It’s not that we have to, it’s because we want to. Our giving comes from the soft heart that God’s word has given us. We don’t give grudgingly or because we feel we have to. I love the last part of this verse. God loves a cheerful giver because we are a witness of His love for us. We are demonstrating His love. Now, most people would say, “Well, I don’t have any extra money to give to anyone. I have bills that I have to pay” I want to give you another verse and this scripture verse is the basis of my ministry. 1 John 3:17
But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?
This verse came as a “rhema” word from God to me. After reading it, how could I turn my heart away from someone who is in need, when I have something that I can give to help them? Giving does not always mean money! We can give our time, we can give a decent pair of shoes we don’t wear anymore to someone whose shoes are worn out, we can spend $20 and give essential food to someone who is in need. If we do this out of God’s love that is in our heart, then we are pleasing God
So, child of God, what is the state of your heart? Is your heart cold because you say you don’t have the time nor the money to help someone else? Or, maybe you have a heart that is softened by God’s word but you say, “Well, I don’t know anyone in need”. Open your ears to the world around you! Maybe someone has a bill that they can’t pay, or is sick and can’t cut their grass or go get groceries. Volunteer your time. You will be surprised at how much God’s approval and love will fill your heart!