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westcorphotels > ACT OF GIVING > 3 Chapter Two: Why Do You Give?
A lot of people have different reasons for giving. It is your reason for giving that determines whether your giving will be accepted by G.o.d or not. G.o.d has a way of repaying or rewarding those that give genuinely and rightly. If I may ask you; why do you give?

Do you give because you are mandated to give?

You should not give because you are mandated to give, or because you think it is compulsory for you to give. Example is if you hold a position or office above people whereby the people you lead are dependent on you. You have to give based on your love for them and not out of necessity.

Do you give because you want the person to give you something in return?

Do not desire to receive something in return when you give, because what you will get in return will be limited to the blessing G.o.d has for you and you will have no eternal reward, desire heavenly reward than worldly reward.

Do you give because you want people to see that you are giving?

Do not give so that people will see that you give. Do not be like the hypocrites Jesus taught about that gave to be known.

"Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their rewards." - Matt.6:2

Do you give because someone told you to give?

Your giving should originate from your heart. Do not give because you are told to do so. Be willing to give at all times. At times if someone told you to give, you may not give willingly because it did not originate from your heart.

Do you give because you think you should give?

Giving is a thing of self-conviction, knowing what you have to do at the right time. Even if you are not sure whether to give or not, just give from a willing heart.

"For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a man has, not according to what he has not." - II Cor.8:12

Do you give because you feel like giving?

Your giving should not be based on feelings because feelings are not stable; they are momentary, depending on circ.u.mstances. Your giving should be regular and tied to your knowledge of giving.

Do you give because you are pressurized to give?

When you are pressurized to give it means you are not willing to give at any condition. Giving when you are pressurized to give is equivalent to not giving at all because it has no reward since it does not come from a willing heart.

Do you give because you don't want someone to complain about you?

Giving because you don't want someone to complain about you is hypocrisy because it didn't come from a loving heart. Your giving should be motivated by love.

Do you give to receive praises or honor?

Do not give to receive praises or honor from men because it has no eternal reward. Being praised or honored for what you gave should be avoided. G.o.d cannot bless such giving.

Do you give to receive recognition

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