The subject of giving is no longer news to us. Its sometimes a sensitive topic as there are usually differing opinions on it.
My aim however, is to touch on what goes on in our hearts when we give.
There are in my own opinion four categories of givers
CATEGORY A: The Two miters (Luke 21:1-4)
This group of people truly have a genuine desire to give. They realize the importance of giving and even when they don’t have much, they give as they are able to with all their heart.
CATEGORY B: The Pharisaics (Mathew 6: 1-13)
These ones like to give, but do it only because it makes them look good to people. They live for the praise and admiration of all who can see their giving. They feel so good! The giving is more about themselves not so much about the person they are giving to.
CATEGORY C: The Transactionals
The ones in this group only give based on the “give and take” principle.
Once they give you something or render a form service or help, they expect some form of reciprocity either immediately or at a later time. They have a sense of entitlement in their heart towards you based on what they’ve given or done.
CATEGORY D: The Pinchers (Acts 5:1-11)
The people in this group only give out of pressure. In their heart, they would rather not give. They are very bitter and unhappy that they have to give, but they do it nonetheless because they feel boxed in and can’t wriggle themselves out of it. Example of such is in the story of Ananias and sapphira.
While the act of giving is one of the best ways to express our care and love for another being, we should always let our giving be from a genuine heart and from a place of love. (1Corinthians 13: 3)