The Bible has numerous passages that emphasize the importance of generosity and encourage believers to live a life marked by generosity. Here are a few examples:
You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.
~2 Cor 9:11
In a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part.
~2 Cor 8:2
By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ and the generosity of your contribution for them and all others,
~2 Cor 9:13
Just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.
~1 Cor 10:33
Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.
Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
~2 Cor 9:7
One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers want.
He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.
~2 Cor 9:10
And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors.
For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
~2 Cor 9:8
“But who am I, and what is my people, that we should be able thus to offer willingly? For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you.
~1 Chron 29:14
The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein,
But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
~2 Cor 8:9
Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace.
~2 Cor 8:6
You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him, because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake.
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:
~1 Pet 4:10
Thus Joseph, who was also called by the apostles Barnabas (which means son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus,
Whoever despises his neighbor is a sinner, but blessed is he who is generous to the poor.
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
~2 Cor 9:6
As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
~2 Cor 9:9
In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to go ahead to you and arrange in advance for the gift you promised so that it may be ready as a willing gift, not as an exaction.
~2 Cor 9:5
These passages and many others in the Bible highlight the importance of a generous lifestyle. They teach that generosity not only blesses others but also brings blessings and abundance to the giver. The Bible encourages believers to give freely, abundantly, and with a cheerful heart, trusting in God’s promises of provision and reward for their generosity.