Q. I can’t express how much I look forward to reading your insights every day except to say “amen” to all the other’s comments.
My question is about tithing. When selling a home to buy another, how should the tithe be determined?
A. When I sold my home before going into the mission field, I calculated my tithe based on the increase without deducting for repairs and minor improvements I had made. I just subtracted the price I paid when I bought the house from the price I got when I sold it and based my tithe on the difference.
I don’t believe it’s wise to inflate the cost by adding normal “wear and tear” expenses or minor improvements for two reasons. One is that you can’t out give the Lord, and two is with the measure you use it will be measured to you. (Luke 6:38) I want the Lord to be generous with me so I strive to be generous with Him.
Admittedly, I hadn’t made any major improvements. Had I installed a new kitchen, or added a room, I would have included that expense in the cost before subtracting from the selling price.