Galatians 6:10 NKJV “Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.”
The Psalms often declare that God is good and His mercy endures for ever (Ps.100:5; 136:1). Reading this gives the idea to many that God is “nice”. The root word for good as used in Scripture means benevolence. Hence the Lord is benevolent. Benevolence means 1. Characterized by or suggestive of doing good. 2. Of, concerned with, or organized for the benefit of charity. Benevolence is a predisposition and willingness to give. It is in God’s nature to give to His people. Acts 10:38 says Jesus was anointed with the Holy Ghost and power, who went around doing good (benevolence) and healing. James 1:5 describes God as the giving God. Psalm 84:11 says that no good thing will God withhold from the righteous. The greatest gift of all was in Him giving Jesus for humanity to be reconciled (Joh. 3:16).
Too often in the church, we hear messages being preached about giving, but the message seems to be skewed towards giving offerings in church. However the model of giving that we see in the New Testament stretches far beyond that. If the believing Christian is in the image and likeness of God, then it follows that he or she ought to be benevolent by nature. The Bible in Galatians 5:22 begins to list the fruit of the spirit, the first of which is love. It is the nature of love that compelled God to give Jesus as a gift to humanity. If you share the same nature of love then giving as occasion rises should be your nature. Goodness is also listed as a fruit. It is the same characteristic of God’s nature in giving.
Jesus said in John 13:35 that we as Christians would be identified by our love. One of the major expressions of love is in benevolence (giving). Who is around you that you can give to? Do not let your giving be limited to tithes and offerings. Always be in search of someone around you to give. There is always a need around you that you have a capacity to meet or contribute towards. In the words of Paul, “…let us be benevolent, giving to all, especially to those who are fellow Christians” (Gal.6:10, Moyo’s Translation)
Scriptures to Meditate: Luk.6:38, 2 Cor.9:6-12, Prov.19:17; 22:9; 28:27