Give to those in need

Scripture references

Acts 4:32–37 (ASV 1901)

32And the multitude of them that believed were of one heart and soul: and not one of them said that aught of the things which he possessed was his own; but they had all things common. 33And with great power gave the apostles their witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all. 34For neither was there among them any that lacked: for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the prices of the things that were sold, 35and laid them at the apostles’ feet: and distribution was made unto each, according as any one had need.

36And Joseph, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas (which is, being interpreted,...

Galatians 6:2 (ASV 1901)

2Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

Hebrews 13:16 (ASV 1901)

16But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

1 John 3:17 (ASV 1901)

17But whoso hath the world’s goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him?

Stories

Arthur T. Pierson delighted in being the answer to the prayers of others, he was happy to be God's messenger in a time of dire need. In times of plenty or few, he gave joyfully, to meet the needs of others.
The demise of Samuel Papanekis left Nancy, his wife, and their children; poor and destitute. When a community of Christian Canadian-Indians learnt about her condition, their own poverty not withstanding; they gave generously to make life more comfortable for Nancy and her children.
George Müller devoted his life to giving for the needy and taking care of destitute children. Even at the evening of his life; after giving up so much of his money for the benefit of others, Mr. Müller counted it an honour to be so used by God, and declared joyfully, "I am not the least tired of this way".
Given the challenge of a paucity of funds, Hudson Taylor wrote in December, to a colaborer of his to brace up and take austere measures, like he personally had, and pray to God to send supply for His work. On new year's eve, the Lord, through George Müller, reached them with a cheering and unexpected token.
Rees Howells was instructed by the Lord to give to a poor man whose rent was due for payment by two years. After initially hesitating, he obeys the Lord and was consequently flooded with so great a joy that he could not contain.
Rees Howells obeyed the Holy Spirit and gave more than he was willing to give to a community of needy people. Driven by the love of God, he became "the first sufferer" for the people; always placing their needs above his.