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Counsels on Stewardship, Page 180

As Estimated in the Heavenly Balances

In the balances of the sanctuary, the gifts of the poor, made from love to Christ, are not estimated according to the amount given, but according to the love which prompts the sacrifice. The promises of Jesus will as surely be realized by the liberal poor man, who has but little to offer, but who gives that little freely, as by the wealthy man who gives of his abundance. The poor man makes a sacrifice of his little, which he really feels. He really denies himself of some things that he needs for his own comfort, while the wealthy man gives of his abundance, and feels no want, denies himself nothing that he really needs. Therefore there is a sacredness in the poor man's offering that is not found in the rich man's gift; for the rich give of their abundance. God's providence has arranged the entire plan of systematic benevolence for the benefit of man. His providence never stands still. If God's servants follow His opening providence, all will be active workers.—Testimonies for the Church 3:398, 399.

For Further Study

No Incense More Fragrant Than Gifts of poor, Testimonies for the Church 7:215, 216

Sacrifices of the Poor for the Cause, Testimonies for the Church 5:733, 734

Not to Leave Sacrificing to Those Better Off, Testimonies for the Church 1:115, 177; Testimonies for the Church 9:245, 246

Not to Put Their Last Means Into Institutions, Testimonies for the Church 1:639

Poor to Practice Simplicity and Economy, The Ministry of Healing, 196, 207

Talents Given to the Poor to Be Used, Testimonies for the Church 2:245-247

Poor to Help Themselves as Far as Possible, Testimonies for the Church 1:272; Testimonies for the Church 2:30-37; Testimonies for the Church 6:277, 278

Liberality Will Not Bring to Want, Patriarchs and Prophets, 527, 533

Poor in Israel Not to Come Empty-handed, Testimonies for the Church 1:220

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