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Don Stewart :: What Is the Gift of Giving?

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Giving is listed as a spiritual gift.

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given us, let us use them . . . he who gives, with liberality (Romans 12:6,8).

All believers are encouraged to be generous with their belongings.

So let each one give, as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

Jesus said to His disciples:

Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give (Matthew 10:8).

Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you (Luke 6:38).

Sacrificial Giving

There is, however, a spiritual gift of sacrificial giving. It involves the giving of ones own possessions, including money, to others. It is not to be done with the idea of gaining it back. There is to be no thought of a return on an investment. It is not a spiritual gift reserved for the wealthy. Anyone, no matter what his financial resources may be, can have the gift of giving.

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