CHRIST’S POVERTY, OUR RICHES
APRIL 18, 1880, SERMON 2716
“But you are not under
a system similar to that by which the Jews were obliged to pay tithes to the priests. If there were any such rule laid down
in the Gospel, it would destroy the beauty of spontaneous giving and take away all the bloom from the fruit of your liberality!
There is no law to tell me what I should give my father on his birthday. There is no rule laid down in any law book to decide
what present a husband should give to his wife, nor what token of affection we should bestow upon others whom we love. No,
the gift must be a free one, or it has lost all its sweetness.”