Attitude Check-Up

NOVEMBER 28TH, 2020      |      Nothing causes more tension than the subject of tithing. Some believe that Malachi 3:10 (NIV) settles the issue: “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.’”

Then there are people who believe that the apostle Paul, who was sent to the Gentiles, never taught tithing under law. Paul did teach however in 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV), “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give….” 

So what’s the answer? If we sit down to write out a check for our tithe, and it’s just another debt we owe, is that truly giving? If we resent paying it or get inflated with pride because we give more than others, is that the attitude of gratitude? If we use not tithing as a crutch for not giving at all, doesn’t that make us selfish? Doesn’t God love a cheerful giver?

The question isn’t about tithing, it’s about the condition of the heart. Give—but do it from love, not obligation.

Attitude Check-Up

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

–2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV

Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

–2 Corinthians 9:7 ESV

Nothing causes more tension than the subject of tithing. Some believe that Malachi 3:10 (NIV) settles the issue: “‘Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,’ says the Lord almighty, ‘and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.’”

Then there are people who believe that the apostle Paul, who was sent to the Gentiles, never taught tithing under law. Paul did teach however in 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV), “Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give….” 

So what’s the answer? If we sit down to write out a check for our tithe, and it’s just another debt we owe, is that truly giving? If we resent paying it or get inflated with pride because we give more than others, is that the attitude of gratitude? If we use not tithing as a crutch for not giving at all, doesn’t that make us selfish? Doesn’t God love a cheerful giver?

The question isn’t about tithing, it’s about the condition of the heart. Give—but do it from love, not obligation.

Consider giving a joy, a privilege, and do it wholeheartedly. Whether you tithe the way others do or not, make the choice to be a cheerful giver.

Pray over your giving. Whether it’s big or small isn’t as important as the attitude behind it. Joy comes when we give gladly.

Brenda Beattie
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