During last Sunday’s service, I discussed the importance of being charitable as a Christian. Throughout his time on earth, the bible implies that Jesus showed charity to all in need. In my sermon, I explained that when we show charity to others, we reciprocate that unending love between God and man. Just to understand how important being charitable is for a Christian, we tried to find out, ‘How many times is charity mentioned in the bible?’
According to the King James version, Charity appears 28 times, and all are mentioned in the New Testament. The scriptures imply that charity has two meanings, to love, and to give to those in need. 1 Corinthians 13 suggests that agape is comparable to charity, while Acts 9:36 implies that charity is caring for the needy.
In this article, I invite you to join me as we delve into the topic of charity in the Bible. Keep reading to find out what God says about charity and much more!
In Matthew 25:34-46, Jesus explains how God will reward those who were charitable to the poor. The book implies that whatever we do to the needy, we do to God. Therefore, if we give, God will eventually reward us with the inheritance He will have stored for us.
Additionally, in 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, the bible encourages Christians to be cheerful as they show charity, for this is what God wants. In return, the Lord will bless them abundantly and reward them greatly for their good deeds. God’s love is vast, and when we use what He has given us to be a blessing to people, we understand that He wants only what is best for us.
Remember what God told Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3? God sent Abraham out of his land to an unknown one, just to bless him so that he may be a blessing to others. This is what God expects of us; to be charitable to others, as He has already blessed us.
The Bible implies that charity is love, and this is explained well in 1 Corinthians 13. Loving our neighbors as we love ourselves has always been the most stressed instruction from God. 1 John 3:17-18 further implies that if we refuse to share our material wealth with the needy, then God’s love cannot be reflected within us.
James 2:14-17 also suggests that caring for the needy at all times is an act of Christianity, as it reflects our love for Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives. According to the scriptures, we are stewards of God, so giving should be a joyful act, for we know we are doing God’s work.
Additionally, the bible encourages that an act of charity does not only have to be about sharing our wealth. Acts 3:6 shows how Peter was charitable to the lame beggar when he used the resources he was given by God, to fulfill the needs of this needy man. He made him walk (Deuteronomy 24:19-22).
Acts of charity have been mentioned many times in the Bible, and I have compiled 10 scriptures that show charity.
- Hebrews 13:16 speculates that sharing what we have with others is charitable.
- Proverbs 19:17 implies that when we help the poor, the Lord will reward us.
- 2 Corinthians 9:7 suggests that giving cheerfully brings blessings from God.
- 1 John 3:17 says that refusing to share our material wealth with others shows we lack God’s love.
- Matthew 5:42 asks Christians to be ready to give to those who ask and who borrow.
- Hebrews 13:2 implies giving to anyone, even strangers, is important.
- Acts 3:6 implies charity is not just about wealth, but whatever resources we may have to assist someone in need.
- Luke 6:38 says when we give, it comes back in equal measure or even more.
- 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 insinuates that loving others proves God’s love is within us, and we will be rewarded.
- Proverbs 21:13 says when we ignore those who need us, especially the poor, one day we will also be ignored.
Christians are stewards of God. We understand that the resources have been granted to us by God, and therefore the bible implies that it is our duty as Christians to support those in need, and not to only store up our material wealth.
Luke 6:38 implies that God expects us to give what we have so that we can receive more. The bible insinuates all that we have does not belong to us, rather, it came from God. For this reason, when we show charity, we are obedient to Him.
The Bible says when we are charitable to the needy, our blessings are stored up, and we will receive them in plenty. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8). Christians should continue giving to the poor, for God sees, and He rewards us abundantly.
Charity involves showing love to the needy and providing them with what they need. All this we do, since God expects that we are a blessing in people’s lives. In return, we help others trust in God for the provision and further believe in His power and goodness.
When we show charity, we bring people together. This helps in creating a bond and a friendship among each other and living as one family. We become a community of believers who are there for each other when a need or a problem arises.
As a devout Christian, I have always been passionate about the Christian faith. This inspired me to pursue a degree in Religious studies and a Masters in Theology in college. I have also been privileged to teach 4 Christian courses in a college and university. Since I am dedicated to spreading the word of God, I am actively involved in the Church. Additionally, I share his word online and cover diverse topics on the Christian faith through my platform. You can read more about me on the about us page.