Those times you just whip out some cash and give without thinking twice about it, BUT not from a compulsion but joyfully. Those are the times I believe this verse is speaking about.
What about the times we are going back and forth like a tug of war? According to the verse below I have to ask the question…If you finally give does it even matter?
Now let me be clear, it does matter as far as God can still use that money to help whoever it was meant to help and it will still glorify God the Father. When we give in that attitude I am betting that the books in Heaven do not show an entry for that. 0.00 given on such and such day.
If we finally give in and give because others are watching and we don’t want to look bad then we already received our reward in the sight of man. I don’t know the verse for that off the top of my head but I do know there is one.
We need to be careful when giving and be humble before man and give with a cheerful heart before the Lord God!
2 Corinthians 9:7
7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.