Even though believers may approach generosity from different theological viewpoints, we can all agree that generosity is close to the heart of God. The Bible contains thousands of verses about money, stewardship, and generosity.
The beautiful (and challenging) thing about biblical generosity is that it takes the focus off giver and places all of the glory on God. It’s counter-cultural to our society. As church leaders, we must understand what the Bible teaches about generosity and provide tools to help our congregations understand it as well.
10 Bible verses about generosity
If among you, one of your brothers should become poor, in any of your towns within your land that the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Whoever has a bountiful eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice.
Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.
Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
1 John 3:17
But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?