A couple months ago, I was visiting with a friend I’ve known for many years. As we talked, I quickly realized she was bitter regarding her financial condition. As she shared her thoughts, it was obvious she didn’t understand the Lord’s biblical principles regarding finances. She complained that she pays her tithe but never receives financial blessings in her life and just didn’t understand why not. She also couldn’t understand why others around her seemed to be blessed quite often. Clearly she was very angry, jealous of others and discouraged to say the least.
In love, I reminded her that when people face financial difficulty, most likely it’s because they made wrong choices regarding their finances. And I asked her if she paid her tithe & offerings with a joyful or begrudged spirit?” I believe it does make a difference.
In2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NLT we are reminded by the Apostle Paul where he is speaking about love offerings to other believers where he says, “You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others.” (Just to clarify, Paul was not talking about the normal tithe we are supposed to give back to God. Love offerings are over & above the normal tithe.)