Generosity is a Matter of Faith
By Rick Warren
— October 19, 2011
A generous man will prosper and he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 (NIV)
When you share with others, God shares with you.
The world says, “Get everything you can and you will be financially secure.” The Bible says share with others in need and you’ll sow what you reap: “Give and it will be given to you.” (Luke 6:38 NIV)
God says that when you give to somebody else, you're not throwing it away. It’s an investment in the lives of others. God says the one who gives will gain even more: “He who is kind to the poor, lends to the Lord and He will reward him for what he has done.” (Proverbs 19:17 NIV)
When you see people in need and you give to them, God looks at this as if it were a loan to Him. He says, “I will reward back.”
God is always going to take care of you and your needs. Do you believe that is true? Generosity is a matter of faith. Will you take God at his Word?
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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times Best Seller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.