GIVING IS CONTAGIOUS
Jesus urged his followers: “Practice giving, and people will give to you. They will pour into your laps a fine measure, pressed down, shaken together, and overflowing. For with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you in return.” (Luke 6:38) When you give, people are more likely to respond to your generosity with gratitude and become generous themselves. Giving thus fosters cooperation and friendship.
Researchers who study human relations have noted that people who consistently display altruism encourage others to follow suit. In fact, simply reading about extraordinary acts of kindness makes people more generous. Hence, according to one study, each person in a network can influence dozens or even hundreds of people, some of whom he or she does not know and has not met. In other words, a single act of generosity can start a ripple effect that goes from person to person throughout a community.
Christians who come to know the true God, eagerly share the good news about his benevolence with others so that they, too, can receive blessings from serving God. (Matthew 24:14)