Giving to others. Generosity. Tithe.
Giving to others.
People often ask - why we must help to others, why we must give and how much? Is it 10% strictly from our income, or only when we decide to give, and given amount of money is not important?
According to the Word of God we must help others.
God loves us and since we all who believe in His Son have been saved by His grace, we too forgive others even they do not deserve it, and we love others by all possible means, and one of those ways of loving others is to help them with material and financial support. If God has blessed us, we should bless others.
Whole Scripture teaches us to help others.
But how much to give - that is entirely up to you. No one can give more than that what he has and God judges after what we have and not what we have not.
It is good to know and understand that everything what we have we have it from Him. We must give to God, but how can we give to God anything without giving to others? Jesus said that even the cup of cold water what you give to others is done for Him and will be remembered by God. Matthew 10:42.
And when you give than give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7).
It is also important to understand that if we give, we give it because God commands us to do in order to glorify His Name, and keep His commandments, but not to make God to give us something back. When we decide to give we must go to God and through prayer ask Him for direction. He will speak to our heart and lead us in a way to go.
In regard to the 10% we read in Malachi 3 that people robe God and so curse themselves. Further in verse 10 God is saying - may people bring tithe in His house in order may there will be enough food.
God told this to people pointing on their wickedness and sinfulness. He pointed out that people absolutely do not honour Him at all, and are thinking only about themselves; they have forgotten His commandments and are serving only themselves. They did not served God according as the law required.
Yes, there are some people believe that first 10% of all income belongs to God. They believe that if first bunch is blessed that also other 90% will be blessed even more (Proverbs 3:9). Some have different opinions.
I think, that each and every one of us in regard to this matter must come into the presence of God and enquire of Him. I am sure that Holy Spirit will lead and guide. Person being a child of God who is saved by grace; who has received such a great Salvation, will give cheerfully if he/ she will decide it in their hearts and if Holy Spirit will approve it; for his or her heart is filled with love to God and to others.
If, when you give, give cheerfully (2 Corinthians 9:7).
Paul teaches us also to share with those who teach the Word. Galatians 6:6.
In 1 Corinthians 16:2 he teaches to store up, and those who are rich in this world, always should be rich in good works by helping others.
In relation to question - whom to give and so on -
1. we must honor our family and help those in need first.
2. we should give to the church we attend. I understand that it is not easy to find Bible believing church. But if you find such one, than offer help and be part of it.
3. help those who ask you.
4. look around you and ask God for direction, and He will lead you in the way you should go so that His name will be exalted.
Some Bible verses:
"Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you" (Matthew 5:42).
"Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act" (Proverbs 3:27).
"Share with the Lord's people who are in need. Practice hospitality" (Romans 12:13).
Because "Whoever shuts their ears to the cry of the poor will also cry out and not be answered" (Proverbs 21:13).
But "Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and He will reward them for what they have done" (Proverbs 19:17,22:9)
"If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?" (1 John 3:17).
"God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them" (Hebrews 6:10).
"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.
To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever Amen."