Tuesday, March 31, 2020

In their own words: Day 35

2 Corinthians 9.6-8

The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.

Paul has previously shared with the Corinthians the needs of the Christians in Jerusalem, where there has been famine and hardship. The Corinthians have promised to help, but it seems that no actual money has been forthcoming – yet! Paul encourages them to set this right.
Fear is a great enemy of generosity. What if there isn’t enough left for us? But Paul reminds his readers that everything they have comes from God. Their generosity should be rooted in an awareness of God’s generosity to them. “God loves a cheerful giver”, he says, not one who gives because they must, but who gives because they know how much God has given to them.  

How do you feel about giving? What has shaped your attitudes? Have there been times in your life when it has felt hard to give?

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