while we are on the subject
tithing.... a big one! how to tackle that? I don't have all the answers. I do know you don't have to belong to a local church in order to tithe or give! I believe we are called to be givers, no question about that. I do question if it is being done because you are afraid of loosing God's blessings! or closing the windows of heaven (I have heard that more than once!) if you don't.... to me, that is law! we are no longer under the law. You cannot lose what you did not earn. There are consequences to our actions for sure but I never want to give out of fear of the Lord not blessing me! never!! I don't even believe it has to be a certain amount.... I know gasp how could I say that! it's what I honestly believe. Do you give 10% off your gross or your net? how does it all get designated?? I don't know, in the Bible in the first body of Christ they didn't have buildings with overhead and paid positions... were the needs met because of giving? I believe most likely so...Paul had to talk to some about giving so I am assuming they didn't all have it right! do any of us? I believe it is more important to give where and how the Father directs you... you have to be listening and obedient!! and I haven't always been so... are you giving to make your own needs met or for your own gain? or for the kingdom? no matter, it is important to give, no doubt about it, I just don't think there is a formula or percentage to it, I think it has to come from the heart in obedience out of love of the Father. The further I go in my journey the more I am convinced that the only thing the Father demands is love.... and then He doesn't because again He cannot do anything outside of love since He IS love! Love is not forceful! and He loves us even when we don't yet return that love! what is love then?
1 Corinthians 13:4 (Amplified Bible)
4 Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily.
so that's part of it. What else does love mean?