1 John 3:16-17
God is the great Giver. It is not merely that giving is one of the great principles of action with Him, or one of the leading laws which He has laid down for His government; it is more than that—it is His nature.
We all know the difference. We can see it in a small way when we compare some of the people around us with each other. There are those who are selfish by nature, but who have, by force of will, or force of habit, or both, come in many matters to be kindly and generous in spite of their natural preferences and disposition. There are others to whom generosity is their natural element, of whom we can say they have a generous nature.
Thus it is with our God, only ten thousand times more so! His acts are generous. He gives because it is of His very nature to give. He gives regardless of the gratitude He may or may not receive. He gives as the eternal outflow of a loving heart. He gives because He just loves to give.
The moment we think of God at all we think of goodness, of one who is sending His rain on the evil and the good, feeding the wild beasts of the forests. The God our hearts need for the bestowal of our love and trust and service, the God for whom we could be willing to suffer and some even to die, must be the generous Being from whom there flows that loving stream of good toward all. Yes, this is the God we adore—the Great Giver.
Now we say that we are the children of God. Ought not the children to resemble the Parent? How can we consider ourselves to belong to His family unless, up to the measure of our ability, and so far as we have been entrusted with what can be bestowed, we are givers too?
When I speak of giving I am not thinking about material possessions only. I am thinking about influence. What a gift we can bestow there! I am thinking about kindness. What wealth every one of us may place in the hands and hearts of those who are around us by kind word and kind deeds!
I am thinking about faith. What a wonderful gift we can bestow upon others by our confidence in them, to their great enrichment! And I am thinking also of love, in the sense of goodwill, of service, of willingness to sacrifice for the good of the object loved. What riches God has bestowed upon us in giving us the power to love our fellows!
This also applies to our material possessions. “If anyone has material possessions,” says the Apostle John, “and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” (1 John 3:17).
Bramwell Booth, Life and Religion