Did you know there are more than 300 verses in the Bible that talk about poverty and generosity?
God is clear in His word that He cares about “the poor”. Generosity is at the core of who He is, and He wants us to be generous to those in poverty as well. Here are just a few inspiring passages in the Bible about poverty and generosity.
“The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is the maker of them all.”
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”
-1 Timothy 6:17-18
“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.”
“The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.”
“A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?”
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’“
“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?”
-1 John 3:17
“And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.”
“You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
-2 Corinthians 9:11
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