Give and Receive!

I was chatting with a friend. He just received his much-awaited green card/ permanent residency and has been blessed abundantly. While sharing he said, just tithe. Don't forget to give 10% to God, and He will give you so much more! 

He quoted Malachai 3:8-10 


"Give your 10% increase to the Lord because that belongs to Him,, If you do that I will open the doors of Heaven to pour all the blessings and fill up your barns more than you expect- declares the LORD."

I couldn't say that I've been practicing  it 100% because of financial constraints but I am also a believer of giving back. 

But while browsing about the topic, I've come across this website: Let God Be True! discussing a post about tithing. 

A tithe is basically 10% of your income, given to your church, or whoever helps your spiritual life. 

The question of should it be computed via gross income or net income, indicates a selfish or stingy heart, so they wrote. Why is it that when it comes to God, would a person lower his income to give Him less!... makes sense, right? 

Though the Roman Catholic church does not require tithing because it wasn't written in the New Testament. This is their answer to the question:  

Should Christians tithe? No, they should give more! Israel under the weak and beggarly Old Testament gave more than 10% in tithes and offerings, so we under the blessings of the New should give more than they, and the Spirit-filled examples agree (Gal 4:9; Heb 7:19,22; 8:6; Acts 2:44-47; 4:32-37). Remember, the Lord requires based on what He has given you (Luke 12:48).

Here are their answers to what ifs:

What if I do not give? You rob God, and you will suffer (Hag 1:1-11; Mal 3:8-12; II Cor 9:6; Gal 6:7). Everything you have is from the Lord, and you should willingly give some back. It is often the love of money that causes some to oppose tithing and/or giving, but disciples of Jesus Christ give liberally, for they reject covetousness and the love of money (I Tim 6:6-10,17-19).

What if I cannot afford to give? You must be in financial trouble, so you cannot afford not to give! Joseph and Mary, though poor, brought two turtledoves for our Lord's dedication (Luke 2:22-24; Lev 12:8). Jesus took note of a widow giving two mites over rich men giving much (Lev 12:1-4). Moses required a soul offering of every citizen without regard for ability to give (Ex 30:5). The Philippians gave generously, though they were comparatively poor (II Cor 8:1-5).

Kind-a scary powerful words "You will suffer!" and then quotes from the Bible. 

What if I cannot afford to give? Then obviously the person is in financial trouble - "suffering?"!!!

What is the bottom line? The Lord is a great king, and He deserves your best (Mal 1:14; Heb 12:28-29). If you want the heart of David, you better give more than a tithe (I Chron 22:5,14-16; 29:2-5). Let the lovers of filthy lucre argue about tithing. Since the world began, God has blessed liberal givers (Gen 13:2; 26:12; 32:10; Pr 3:9-10; 11:24-26; Mal 3:8-12; Luke 6:38; II Cor 9:6). The most exciting use of your money should be generous giving to the Lord, off the top, often!

Here I am a pro-believer of how your thoughts can change your life - and then this! So I am now thinking of changing some perspective and making this happen soon! - 100%. 

Never mind about the repercussions, consequences and fearful words, it doesn't really matter. 

It basically makes sense to give. Give, give, give.. because the more we do it, the more we'll receive.

Period.

-day 147



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