Giving in Love

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

I wanted to share a little with you about giving with the heart of love, whether it is to your local Church (where your spiritual needs are being met), or if you are so inspired to give to a religious organization or a worthy cause. Giving for the Christian believer is first and foremost meant to build a special union between you (as an individual) and God (as your sufficiency), and is the beginning of a love-based relationship built on trust with the Creator.

God always looks at your heart (I Samuel 16:17), and He is thrilled when the heart of giving is inspired from an overall understanding of His healing Word and will.

Giving is a spiritual principle that enables the giver to receive. Many non-Christian people have used the universal principle of giving and receiving, and because the power in giving always works when applied — anyone can receive. However, only the Christian believer partners with the creator of the principle. Giving and receiving are part of the natural flow of life, and God as our Father can inspire us in love to further benefit our lives and the lives of those our gifts touch.

Today in God’s grace, each believer is encouraged to give out of having a spiritual mindset and inner heart’s desire to do so, but again I would like to remind you that giving is not a commandment but a free will offering. God will always love you regardless of whether or not you give, because God’s love to you is completely unconditional.

As giving is always between you and God, receiving is always between God and you, for He gives you free access to the throne of His grace to help you in time of need (Hebrews 4:16, Romans 5:1-2).

II Corinthians 8:12:
For if there be first a willing mind {in regards to giving} it is accepted {by God} according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.

Over time, the following phrases heard – either spoken out loud or to ourselves, can strip us of the heart’s inner joys in giving with a willing mind, “you have to give” or “you must give” or “you need to give.” We were bought with a price; all debts are completely paid for by the life and blood of Jesus himself (I Corinthians 6:20; 7:23). We now eternally belong to God because of the completed work of our Savior that was initially for us, and now that we are saved the completed work of Christ is eternally in us (Colossians 1:27).

Romans 13:8:
Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled {all} the law.

According to the Bible, we owe only one thing and that is love. God’s Word encourages us to love one another. We currently belong to God and have His love in our hearts (Romans 5:5).

Giving God’s love is the greatest way to return our thanks to God in thankfulness for our eternal life, and in thankfulness for all that our Savior did for us. Giving can become a tremendous blessing that enhances our spiritual quality of life, for giving gives to men and women a supernatural inlet and an outlet of tangible proofs that God is truly our sufficiency (II Corinthians 3:5).

Within the framework of love, God Himself can show us how to give of our time, and of our resources and talents, and give out of our abundance, and this indeed will give the greatest effect in places of need.

Giving from the heart of God’s love will always be a blessing, and because free will giving is within the spiritual boundaries of God’s love, the rewards will be freely returned in super abundance, and we will know that we are truly blessed of our Creator.

The Heart of Giving and Receiving

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Giving is a spiritual principle established by God in the beginning. It is a powerful principle certifying that when we give we also receive — more. Yet some have distorted and abused this divine principle of giving so that the emphasis on our receiving abundance from God has fallen by the wayside. In this study, I want to explain some spiritual truths that will energize for you the spiritual principles of “giving and receiving,” and bring the true light of God’s healing Word to the forefront with logical reasoning that will augment the dynamic teaching of the Scriptures. If you have ever been hassled, dogged, hit up, ridiculed, or begged for money, then this study will truly thrill your heart.

A Christian friend came to me a few years ago with tears in his eyes and when I asked about his sadness, he handed me a note that his minister gave him. It said that he should not be blaming God for car accidents that he would inevitably have, because his minister noticed that he had not been giving much money to his Church lately. My friend was terrified to drive his car, so to avoid an accident he had his daughter drive him to work and back, and everywhere else he needed to go, because he feared that God was out to get him. That horrible note broke his heart, and for a time he was so afraid that, he quit praying to God. (That was after going to Church and praying for nearly sixty years.) I explained to him some of what we will be looking at, and I showed him from the Scriptures why the note he received was untrue.

The Scriptures boldly proclaim that our God is a loving Father, but the Scriptures do not teach that God is the “godfather” extorting protection money from His children. God is love, and light, and in Him there is no darkness at all. Unless Scripture is manipulated, we also will not find verses propounding that God will protect us from the Devil if we give money because that is still paying for protection. It is a devilish idea to assume these unscriptural notions come from God and His healing Word. In all of the Church Epistles written directly to us, God never demands giving money or paying God or His ministers for protection (and besides God does not need money, nor can He spend it). Giving, whether it is your time, your talents, your resources, or your money is the biblical ministry of true receiving. The Bible says that God loves a cheerful giver. Nevertheless, how in the world can anybody really give cheerfully if he or she lives in fear of God’s retribution? One could not!

II Corinthians 9:6-8:
-6: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
-7: Every man according as he purposeth in his {own} heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.
-8: And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:

These verses relate to the attitude of the mind and heart, because if we do not understand the true spiritual heart behind giving we might give either sparingly or grudgingly and receive only sporadically. However, when we truly understand God’s Word and we know that we have received blessings from God (Ephesians 1:3), then with purpose of heart we may, out of those blessings, give back bountifully and receive bountifully as well. This will cause us to experience the delight in having “all grace” abounding in our lives to the point that we will receive all sufficiency in all areas of our lives. This further causes us to abound in “every good work” that we may cheerfully pursue.

The Stamp of Approval

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus– Romans 15:5. God’s Word in Romans 15:5 encourages Christians to be likeminded one toward another, yet at times this may appear to be one of the most difficult requests given by God. The reason this seems so difficult for people is because of misunderstanding God’s true intent in this verse of Scripture. It is so very true that Christians disagree on many secular things and they probably will continue to disagree. The word according means a standard, and that standard is according to Christ Jesus. What is according to Christ Jesus or what is the standard upon which Christ Jesus has stamped his approval? All the things that Christ has done for humanity, and these are revealed to us throughout the Church Epistles (Romans through II Thessalonians).” ~LMJ~

An Honest Question

“An honest question for some people is, how do we know which Church or what group of people is truly founded by God? For some people the answer is obviously clear, the one to which they belong! And this is actually true because all believers have received an unconditional and eternal salvation in the sense that God Himself always looks on the heart rather than at the denomination or the group to which we might belong. For the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart– I Samuel 16:7. God is all love and according to His Word, anyone who is saved belongs to Him for eternity because God is no respecter of persons or groups — anyone, anywhere, under any circumstance can become saved and become a member of His household. We become members of the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:27), and we may fellowship with whomever we desire. God is your Father and He is blessed when you are blessed, He is never upset simply because you go somewhere to learn more about Him Who does counsel and comfort in your deepest spiritual thoughts.” ~LMJ~

In the Sight of God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ is our Savior, and he is the spiritual head of the body of believers. Without the blessed work of Jesus Christ, we would forever be dead in trespasses and in sins, we would have no hope of eternal life, and we would be destined to a life without God, and Christ. However, Jesus Christ has made the above scenario invalid and untrue because we have been made spiritually alive, freed from all trespasses and sins, enjoying the hope of our eternal life, and living with the promises of God, for we now live with God in Christ in our hearts.

Colossians 1:18 – And he {Jesus Christ} is the head of the body, {which is} the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.

Jesus Christ is the spiritual head of the body, which is the Church of God and each believer is an intricate member within this Church. Jesus Christ is also the first member of the Church, and the first to be eternally resurrected from the dead.  In all things and matters concerning the Church, Jesus Christ has the preeminence and is the leader above any man, and he is indeed the inspiration of our spiritual lives with God.

Colossians 1:19-20:
-19:  For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell;
-20:  And {Jesus Christ}, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in {on} earth {believers}, or things in heaven {God in Christ}.

All the fullness of God is in Jesus Christ.  Jesus Christ is in you, so in you rests the fullness of God, and this is most pleasing to Him. Jesus bridged the gap between God and man, for he was the missing link between God and man, and Jesus himself made peace between God and man by the blood of his cross to reconcile all of us back to God. Jesus gave his sinless life for sinful man, his perfection for our imperfection to reconcile us into God’s Church, which is the body of Christ. The “reconcile all things” is the believers complete reconciliation before the sight of God.

Colossians 1:21-22:
-21:  And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled.
-22:  In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:

Jesus Christ through his death has reconciled and reunited men and women to God, and we are before Him completely presentable, being made holy and unblameable and unreproveable in the sight of God Almighty. When God looks at us, He does not see failures, losers, enemies, but beloved children, who are continuously before Him as those who are indeed holy, as those who have no blame, or guilt, and who are unreproveable in His sight. For we live our lives in the love of God, completely respected, and as the endeared to the Father of lights. Jesus Christ gave his life to this end, and now we have obtained man’s deepest innermost desire to walk with the Creator of heaven and earth, the giver of eternal life Who is now our heavenly Father.