We previously established that benevolence should be a priority for the Church. And, we looked at the example of benevolence in the Early Church. We must note, however, that Hebrews 13:16 commands us to remember to do good and share which suggests that it’s something we might be prone to forget if we don’t work at it. Perhaps considering results of making benevolence a priority will help us keep working toward that end.
3 Biblical Results of Making Benevolence a Priority
1) We experience greater equality.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. … And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. … (Acts 4:32-37)
2) While we should be motivated by love to help others (1 Cor. 13:3), rather than what we get from it, we do receive personal benefit from it as we reap what we sow.
The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor. (Prov. 22:9)
… Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. … (Gal. 6:7-10)
3) God is honored.
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God. (Prov. 14:31)
These three results are listed in the Church Purpose Ministry Manual along with some additional Scripture references. Benevolence is in that manual as one of the ways we fulfill our primary purpose to love God with all of who we are and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Matt. 22:37-40).
Learn more: Resources for Benevolence Ministry