Words from the Heart for Thursday February 13th, 2020
If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.
1 Corinthians 13:3 (NIV)
Giving to the Poor
Canadians donate their time, money, energy and skills to the causes that matter to them the most. These individuals are the foundational support for Canada’s more than 161,000 charities and non-profits, which in turn support our communities’ social fabric and quality of life. The latest statistics show that 84% of Canadians aged 15 and over (about 23.8 million Canadians) donated to charitable and nonprofit organizations. The average individual donation is about $446 per year. That totals $10.6 billion dollars donated by Canadians annually.
From the first pages of the Bible, God’s people are called to give generously to those who are less fortunate or who find themselves in difficult circumstances. Proverbs 19:17 says, “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.” This is a profound thought – when we give to the poor we are lending to the Lord, and we can be sure that He will reward us for our generosity. But that can’t be the reason that we give to those who have less than we. Listen to what Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:3: “If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” This is a foundational truth in the Kingdom of God. Everything we do must be done out of love. We don’t give generously because we hope to gain something from it. We give because we have experienced the love of Jesus in so many ways. We then respond to others with His love so they can experience Him through us.
These have been words from the heart.