12 Bible Verses About Giving: Why is it Important to Be Charitable

12 Bible Verses About Giving: Why is it Important to Be Charitable

In theory, everyone knows that being charitable is a good thing. 

If you approached someone in the street — or even a member of your congregation — and asked them why it’s important to give back, what do you think they would say? 

Perhaps the most common answer would be, “Because it’s the right thing to do.” 

Yet, the word charitable can be a bit abstract. Let’s break it down. It simply means to be kind, forgiving and generous which sounds a lot like Jesus. Being charitable is reflecting Christ to the world.

So, if you’re having a tough time relaying why giving matters for your congregation — whether it’s donating their time and money to a good cause, or tithing for their church — here are 8 Bible verses to help you relay the importance of being charitable.  

12 Bible Verses About Giving

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1. 2nd Corinthians 9:7

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

This Corinthians verse is a great one that goes into the proper mindset you should have when giving. When people give reluctantly or simply because they are told to, it isn’t as powerful of an act as giving because you want to. 

‘God loves a cheerful giver,’ the verse reads. So, when teaching on the importance of giving, make sure to address that when you’re giving — no matter the form it takes — your heart should be in it. 

2. Proverbs 18:16

“A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.”

The most charitable among us are welcomed into the “presence of the great.” An important part to note in this proverb is the fact that it says “gift.” Singular. 

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Every single act of charity or giving is just as important as the next. You don’t have to give 24/7 to be in the presence of the great. A single gift that can help improve someone’s life is a powerful act — and the more often you give back, the more lives you’ll positively impact. 

3. Proverbs 11:25

“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”

While depending on who you ask, this proverb may have a different meaning. Especially when it comes to the word, “refreshed.” 

One way to interpret the meaning is that generous people prosper in terms of being more connected to God. In addition, the word “refreshed” may be hinting at the feeling of joy and contentment one experiences when being charitable. 

In fact, a study from 2006 found a direct correlation between being charitable and the brain’s reward system.

When we are charitable, you just feel good afterward. However, when giving, it’s important to be modest and humble, as the next verse addresses. 

4. Matthew 6:2

“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”

Sure, when a large corporation makes a giant donation to a good cause, they are doing a lot of good. 

But, when they use it as a marketing tactic to promote their business and “announce it with trumpets”, the gesture is stripped of some of its goodness. 

When you are being charitable, don’t make a big show of it and tell all your friends and neighbors. Instead, be discreet about it and know that simply helping someone or supporting a good cause is enough. 

5. Matthew 6:3-4

“But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

This is another verse that speaks on not boasting about your charity — and is also perhaps one of the more well-known verses on giving in the Bible. 

This verse from Matthew also ends with a powerful note, stating that when you give in secret, God will see what is done even when no one else has, and will reward you. Those that give will be welcomed into Heaven with open arms. 

6. Psalm 37:21

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“The wicked borrow and do not repay, but the righteous give generously.”

This verse is fairly cut and dry and can essentially be boiled down to, “don’t be selfish.” 

In the Bible, the word “righteous” and being considered righteous is held in very high regard. One of the key attributes of those who are righteous is that they give generously. 

Remember, generously doesn’t mean you have to give everything you have. It just means you should be charitable within your means. 

That is an important point to clarify with your congregation. 

7. Proverbs 3:27

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.”

Some people just need help. It’s that simple. 

And, when you do have the power to act, do not keep that power to yourself, but instead, go out and be charitable. 

This is a great verse that speaks on giving within your means. 

8. Proverbs 31:9

“Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

Perhaps one of the most powerful of all giving verses, Proverbs 31:9 is a great verse to turn to that truly speaks on the importance of giving. 

It acts more of a command than anything — demanding that we all speak up against injustice in the world and judge others fairly and without bias — as well as encouraging us to defend those who cannot defend themselves. 

9. 1st Chronicles 29:14

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.”

The core of this verse hits on the idea that everything we have comes from God, and it is already his. This includes our finances. The financial wealth we have is a direct gift from God, and in turn, we should give what we have been given to those in need.

10. 2nd Corinthians 8:12

“For if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”

Ultimately, giving financially is only one way of giving. For those who have money to be generous with, it is good for them to give. Fortunately, if you don’t have the money you can still give your time, your skilled labor, open your home, provide food, etc. Giving is good for you, so give from what you have when you are able.

11. Luke 6:38

“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.”

The idea here is that giving is a gift that gives back. It’s a similar idea to reaping what you sew – not necessarily in a literal sense, but in practice. A generous heart appreciates what it has, and has been given by God. And people are more likely to give to a person who has been generous with them.

12. Proverbs 3:9

“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops”

This one is simple – honor the Lord with what he has given you. Giving is just one way we can honor him with our possessions. Putting our resources to good use, for the sake of the church, our communities, and the benefit of others is how we honor him.

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