How to give from your heart

Whenever we begin our prayer, we should give thanks to the almighty one because he gave us His life. When He died on the cross, He taught us the ultimate giving, and forgiving, is based on love only. We should also thank Him back by learning these virtues.

Today, we learn in the reading of Jesus in front of the temple, watching people give their donations, their good deeds. And while he was watching that, the Bible says there was a very poor widow wanting to participate by giving what she can. Everything she had in her pocket she gave to the house of the Lord.

Jesus praised this widow because she gave all she had. Jesus says when we give, we do not give our leftovers, but we give out of our need. And in Act 20:35, St. Luke says, “it is more blessed to give than to receive.”

As Matthew 6:3 also says, when you do a charitable deed, do not let you left hand know what the right hand is doing. This is a lesson for all of us, when we give, we need to give silently. Do not let your emotions, or personal agenda, seek the approval from people. Instead, God will reward you.

When I was in Egypt, I learned that the needy were called “Brothers of the Christ.” Not to insult them, but to honor them. It is not about the money. It is about what you can give from your heart.

If you give from your time every day, 10 minutes, God will appreciate that and bless you.

God does not need your money. He needs your heart. Give time to others, help needy people and to help in the church communities.

The giving is going to based on your love. When you give out of your love, God will reward you. When you give something precious, make sure you do not give because it is worth a lot, but you give because it is from all your heart.

Learn more in Father Andrew’s sermon video here.