You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving. (Amy Carmichael, late missionary to India)

It’s the giving season, and our mailboxes are full of pleas for financial help for innumerable worthy causes. Jesus said, “It’s better to give than receive,” but giving just to appease our consciences is an unfulfilling gesture. A much higher motivation, of course, is giving out of a heart of love for God, country, and those whom we can help with a timely gift.

Since you excel in so many ways . . . I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. (2 Corinthians 8:7)