• Vanessa Clark

Eww Don't Give Outta That!

It’s that time of the year again, where holiday music plays on a loop, stores discount their merchandise, and hearts soften to the notion of giving. There are some people who plot and scheme to take advantage of the generosity of others, from stories of their poverty to standing on corners with signs, it’s difficult to know who’s being honest. If we are to rely knowing the truth before giving, we’d never have moments of generosity. God calls us to give inside and out of the season, a kingdom principle that has amazing rewards. Here are the best 3 ways to give from a pure heart.

1. Ignore your emotions

Since it’s possible to be a sap during the holidays and cry at every hallmark moment the media posts, we should never give based on emotions. Giving is a kingdom principle that calls for discernment and wisdom, a spiritual tool that requires spiritual awareness. It’s so easy to give all we have only to end up angry and broke, when we have the guidance of God’s word to lead us into giving. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.Luke 6:38 Here is the principle of kingdom giving; give generously and you’ll be rewarded generously with the measure you use: a pure heart.

2. Know your intent

Charity can be corrupted with the intent of people who need a tax break or needs to be seen as kind. People give because they’re told to or want to appear benevolent, it’s all about the intent. To be pure of heart is to surrender your way of doing things for the will of God and then make decisions from there. A heart that is full of joy, kindness, and love is a heart that can be trusted with money and gifts because the intent is to always glorify God. It’s important to know why you’re giving and if it’s for the benefit of your ego or selfish plans, then don’t do it!

3. Know your Savior

The number one greatest act of generosity known to heaven and earth was display on Calvary. Jesus gave up His throne, His rule in heaven to be wrapped in flesh, suffer and die for the sins of the world. Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.” Luke 6:37. The bible teaches us that giving is not just about money but it’s a heart’s posture toward those in need. It can be forgiveness, kindness, time, affection, the list goes on but, knowing how to give begins and ends with Jesus. When He is our main focus, when it is Him we are trying to please, then we can be givers of the kingdom of God! This holiday season is the perfect time to give the way God does; generously, knowingly, and with a pure heart.

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