Giving: Gimmick or Grace
Giving is an expression of worship that commemorates God's
grace. Grace is all that God can do for man and still be consistent
with His own character. We are saved by grace, we live by His grace,
and we give by His grace. Grace giving meets divine standards and
glorifies God. Grace giving requires the filling of the Holy Spirit and
reflects grace orientation, Bible doctrine resident in the soul, and virtue
love. Without these spiritual motivations, giving has no spiritual value.
All too often Christian giving is coerced by guilt, emotionalism, or peer
pressure. Two chapters in 2 Corinthians are the most extensive passages
of Scripture on the concept of giving. This book focuses on these chapters
which present aspects of God's grace, define correct motivation and mental
attitude for giving, and illustrate grace giving in the early church.
Book By R. B. Thieme Jr
God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power,
love and self-discipline.
2 Tim. 1:7