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I see value in giving when one is in a place of need only if it is grounded in faith and not in works or because it is expected. And NOT because the law of Moses says to do so. If one person says to God "I have only twenty dollars and I need $200 to pay my debts I am going to give this twenty asking you God to give me the rest that I need." The value of this kind of generosity is that it is recognizing our utter dependence on God. It also is not denying the need to pay our debts. But this is not all. We must evidence belief that God will answer so the next thing to do is to work our buts off like a farmer who is expecting rain sent from God to bless his labors.
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Malachi 3:9 You are under a curse--the whole nation of you--because you are robbing me. Gal 3:13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, "Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree." Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." Romans 10:4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes. Romans 3:22 This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, Galatians 2:16 know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ. So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified. Galatians 3:25 Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law. Acts 13:39 Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. Galatians 3:11 Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, "The righteous will live by faith." Romans 1:17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: "The righteous will live by faith." Galatians 3:10 All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: "Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law."
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