10 principles of biblical generosity

There are more than 2,300 verses in the Bible that reference the concept of giving, money, and possessions. That’s more than twice as many as any other subject. Clearly, the way we approach these topics plays a central role in our faith. What we found after researching them was that the biblical principles of generosity are actually a path to joy.

At NCF, we believe biblical generosity is much more than a financial transaction. It’s a spiritual discipline that has the power to transform every major area of our lives. When our giving is rooted in Scripture and responsive to God, we draw closer to his purpose for our life: bearing the image of Christ.

As we help givers establish a biblical foundation for their Giving Strategy, we encourage them to reflect on these 10 principles from Scripture that illustrate how our abundant God uses generosity to transform us and shape us into who he is calling us to be.

1. God is absolutely good | Genesis 1 & 2, John 3:16, 2 Peter 1:3
The care that God took in creation – to give us exactly what we needed and the ability to enjoy it – communicates unimaginable love and generosity. And after we mishandled that first gift, he gave his Son, the greatest gift history has ever witnessed. Beyond love and generosity, that gift also demonstrated God’s justice, mercy, and enduring trustworthiness to provide everything we need for life and godliness. When we trust this to be true, it is counted to us as righteousness.

2. God owns everything | Psalm 24:1-2, Romans 12:1, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
As Founder and Creator of the heavens and the earth and all that is in them, God holds the rights to all of it. That includes even us – our bodies, our minds, and our lives. Even when we had become slaves to sin, he redeemed us, paying with his Son’s life. We are doubly owned.

To read the rest of our principles, visit our Generosity Library, or download them with the link below.

Download the “10 days of biblical generosity” devotional

Experience these principles on a reflective journey to help you draw closer to God


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