Then Amaziah said to the man of God, "What should I do about the 7,500 pounds of silver I gave to Israel's division?" The man of God replied, "The LORD is able to give you much more than this."
For the LORD God is a sun and shield. The LORD gives grace and glory; He does not withhold the good from those who live with integrity.
Honor the LORD with your possessions and with the first produce of your entire harvest;
The LORD's blessing enriches, and struggle adds nothing to it.
One person gives freely, yet gains more; another withholds what is right, only to become poor.
The one who gives to the poor will not be in need, but one who turns his eyes away will receive many curses.
"The silver and gold belong to Me"-- the declaration of the LORD of Hosts.
Bring the full 10 percent into the storehouse so that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this way," says the LORD of Hosts. "See if I will not open the floodgates of heaven and pour out a blessing for you without measure.
But I have received everything in full, and I have an abundance. I am fully supplied, having received from Epaphroditus what you provided-- a fragrant offering, a welcome sacrifice, pleasing to God.
And not only that, but he was also appointed by the churches to accompany us with this gift that is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself and to show our eagerness [to help].
Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God.
as you are enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us.
Riches and honor come from You, and You are the ruler of everything. In Your hand are power and might, and it is in Your hand to make great and to give strength to all.
Now therefore, our God, we give You thanks and praise Your glorious name.
"But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? For everything comes from You, and we have given You only what comes from Your own hand.
during a severe testing by affliction, their abundance of joy and their deep poverty overflowed into the wealth of their generosity.
Now as you excel in everything-- in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us-- excel also in this grace.
In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha, which is translated Dorcas. She was always doing good works and acts of charity.
Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord's work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
For we are His creation-- created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.
so that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing [to Him], bearing fruit in every good work and growing in the knowledge of God.
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.
so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a special people, eager to do good works.
This saying is trustworthy. I want you to insist on these things, so that those who have believed God might be careful to devote themselves to good works. These are good and profitable for everyone.
And our people must also learn to devote themselves to good works for cases of urgent need, so that they will not be unfruitful.