prospered him

1 Corinthians 16:2

16:2 prospered him. Although tithing is not set (or anywhere else in the New Testament) as the standard for Christian giving, the principle of proportionate giving is clearly commanded by Paul. Those who have been most “prospered” by the Lord should contribute the most. A better guide than ten percent given might well be the amount retained for personal and family use. Recall that Jesus gave a special commendation to the poor widow who gave “all her living” (Mark 12:44), and that Paul said, “Having food and raiment let us be therewith content” (I Timothy 6:8). Also note that, if a person receives wages only once a month, say, then the Lord has “prospered” him, in effect, only in one week out of the month. It would probably be better for him to lay his offering by in store only in that week, while he still has the money, rather than try to give it out in weekly installments throughout the month.

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