~The next misconception is taking generosity as wanting something or worse, forced.
Let me make quite clear that being a Christian doesn’t mean you are required to give to others. However, when you are a true follower of Christ, there is a great desire to -be it with time or money. So, to assume that when a Christian gives you something they are require to, you couldn’t be more wrong.
Now, that’s not to say some “Christians” don’t do this very thing. I’m sure some do. I would go so far as to say some even expect to get something in return. But that is why I said “true” Christians. Real followers of Christ wouldn’t think twice about it and especially wouldn't make giving a reason to get back. Christ gave His life for us, freely! Why wouldn’t we do anything less for others?
Check out the Bible on the matter.
So, on one end... Again, it’s completely inaccurate to think that Christians are required to give or are at all pressured to. It’s not Biblical or even logical. We all have to make the choice to give or not. It’s our choice no matter what!
On the other... Christians would do well to make sure they are giving for the right reasons. Not for themselves, but for others. Not to be praised, but to be humbled. Not to expect anything in return, but to give just to get a smile or even a tear of joy. Let me assure you, it’s one hundred times more worth it. :)
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