// Kenneth E. Hagin
The Epistles are written specifically to the Church—to born-again believers. They are of great help to us as we try to live our daily lives according to the teachings of the Lord. These letters provide specific teaching that we need to understand. They give us guidance, direction, and correction we can use in our own situations. As we read the Epistles, we can get the feeling that the author, moved by the Holy Spirit, looked down through the centuries and saw our struggles and said, "Go this direction. Follow this example."
Here are several principles found in the Epistles that show us how our love walk is connected to our giving and that it is God's will that we prosper.
Love must motivate the believer's giving.
1 CORINTHIANS 13:3
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
The New Berkeley Version says, "And though I give all my belongings to feed the hungry and surrender my body to be burned, but I have no love, I am not in the least benefited."
Paul and John encouraged Christian charity among the brethren.
10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
1 JOHN 3:17–18
17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Believers are not to love or trust in money.
1 TIMOTHY 6:6–10, 17–18
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. . . .
17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;
18 That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate.
God wants His children to prosper.
3 John 2
2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
Some have argued that the phrase "that thou mayest prosper" does not refer to financial prosperity. However,
the Greek word translated "prosper" and "prospereth" is euodoo, which means "a good road" or "a good journey." At the very least, this phrase means to have a good and prosperous journey.
No one can have a good and prosperous journey if he is broke and in want every step of the way. Wouldn't the wish for someone to have a prosperous journey include his having enough resources to travel safely and comfortably?
Besides, the word translated "prosper" here is the same Greek word Paul used in First Corinthians 16:2 where he instructed believers to set aside money each week "as God hath prospered him." So the word prosper can certainly and without doubt be used—and is used—in reference to financial prosperity.
I believe this verse clearly means that God wants His children to prosper materially, physically, and spiritually.
[Editor's Note: This article was
adapted from Kenneth E. Hagin's
book The Midas Touch.]