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Giving Has Spiritual, Physical, and Mental Benefits

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes about spirituality as well as many other topics.

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Some people might be familiar with the spiritual benefits of giving. However, not many people know that there are physical and mental benefits as well. Ministers preach about spiritual giving, but not many preach about the physical and mental benefits of giving. Perhaps if they shared the information with their congregations, people will be more willing to develop a lifestyle of giving.

Giving is not limited to only giving money to people so they can pay household bills. There are many charities to donate to and many places where people can volunteer such as at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, or boys and girls clubs.

Many studies have been done over the years that prove there is definitely enough evidence that proves givers benefit in three major ways: spiritually, physically, and mentally.

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Spiritual Benefits of Giving

People are more familiar with spiritual benefits than physical and mental benefits. Not many know people know about the other two major aspects of giving, but there are just as many physical and mental benefits as spiritual benefits.

We all know about the constant requests from church leaders to pay tithes and give offerings. The scripture from the minor prophet Malachi is repeated more during the offertory appeals on Sunday morning in some churches than from any of the other prophets. That's because Malachi 3:10 says:

“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it."

Even though tithes and offerings are given to people's local assemblies, giving should go beyond tithes and offerings.

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The Bible says, "It is better to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35). That means giving is more fulfilling than getting. Blessings go to both the giver and the receiver, but according to Jesus, the greater blessing goes to the giver even though people don't usually give just to get.

Here are some ways that giving is better for the giver physically.

When people give to organizations and to individuals, the hormone oxytocin is released that gives a person three things: euphoria, warm feelings, and a connection to others. Physicians say oxytocin is the same hormone that is released during intimacy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.

People who give are happier than they would be if they didn't give. They feel good about themselves, and some studies show that people who give live longer.

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Giving plays a very important part when it comes to mental health. There are many studies that prove that stress is reduced when people give. Perhaps it is because they start thinking about others instead of focusing on themselves and their own problems.

People who give demonstrate confidence and self-worth. Isn't it wonderful that giving can keep us free from anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues?

How to Give God's Way

How we give is just as important as giving. There are many commandments in the Bible that commands us how to give in order to please God. There are five ways in just one passage.

"Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)

According to the above passage, we see the following ways to give.

  1. Sow generously in order to reap generously.
  2. Give what you have decided in your heart to give.
  3. Do not be reluctant to give.
  4. Do not give under compulsion.
  5. Be a cheerful giver to please God.

My Personal Testimony About Giving

Throughout the years, I have always paid tithes and gave offerings to my local church. I have given birthday gifts, wedding gifts, and gifts on many other occasions. However, I’ve been reflecting over and giving more than usual during the last few months.

I enjoy placing an order on Amazon and sending a gift to whomever God places on my mind. I like sending people surprises to brighten up their day. They enjoy the gifts I send them, but I believe I enjoy the gesture more than they do. I like tracking the items online and being notified when the gifts are delivered.

Sending gifts to people is not the only way I give. No one ever leaves my house without taking something with them. They could take a painting off the wall that they admire, a book from my bookshelf, a piece of jewelry, or extra food from my pantry.

God has proven to me that the more I give to others, the more He allows people to give to me based on Luke 6:38.

"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."

Usually, the gifts I receive do not come from the people I give to. Instead, the many gifts come from others. That's the way God works. He uses "men and women to give into my bosom."

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If you want to see spiritual, physical, and mental results, stop limiting your giving to only Christmas, Valentine's Day, birthdays, weddings, and graduations. You should give more often than on holidays and special occasions. Giving should be a lifestyle.

Don't think giving always involves money. There are so many other things that can be and should also be gifted. Give someone a smile, advice, encouragement, a compliment, attention, time, your presence, love, and an act of service. Notice that while these things are valuable, they do not cost money.

Whenever you engage in any small act of giving, it helps you become a bigger, better, and a happier person.

References

5 Benefits of Giving

5 Ways Giving Is Good for You

The Importance of Giving

  • What the Bible Says About Generosity
    Do you know you can give without being generous, but you can't be generous without giving? Learn more about giving and generosity in this short article.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Comments

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on October 24, 2021:

Ms Dora, God has taken me into another phase of ministry and mission. I just had to write about it because it is so exciting to see how He is working through me to brighten up someone's day.

As usual, thank you for your kind comments. That means a lot to me.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 24, 2021:

This is a relevant teaching for these times when people need the benefits of giving (and receiving) now more than ever. Thanks for sharing from your own experience.

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