Week 45   Day 5

 

Sometime before the writing of this letter

            the believers at Corinth

            had acted on their desire

            to give financial aid to suffering Christians in Jerusalem

                        who had fallen on bad times

                        probably because of their

                        confession of faith in Jesus

 

Now Paul praises their spirit of generosity 

            their sacrificial giving

They gave beyond their ability to give 

            they gave freely

            and willingly   

They gave because first they had given

            themselves to God

 

Then Paul instructs them to follow through 

            to continue their enthusiasm for this effort

            and make sure that their gift gets to Jerusalem.

 

 

Christian giving is spoken of in terms of equality 

            that those who have more

            will share with those who have less

            so that no one will be impoverished

 

He speaks of offerings as being seed

            sown in thanksgiving to God 

                        into the lives of those

                        who need it    

            sown into an eternal treasury

 

He speaks of God the greatest Giver 

            enriching us

            so that we will always have enough

            to share something with others 

            and that because of our giving

            God hears many grateful prayers.

 

 

 

                                            GENEROSITY

The spirit is more important than the amount you have to give.

                                       II Corinthians 8 & 9

 

    1We make known to you the grace of God bestowed on

the churches of Macedonia, 2that in a great affliction the

abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded in

the riches of their liberality.  3According to their ability,

yes, and beyond their ability, they were freely willing,

4imploring us with much urgency that we would receive

the gift and the fellowship of ministering to the saints. 

    5First they gave themselves to the Lord, and then to us

by the will of God.  6So we urged Titus, that as he had

begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well.

7As you abound in everything--in faith, in speech, in

knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us--see

that you abound in this grace also.

    8 I am testing the sincerity of your love by the diligence

of others.  9You know the grace of our Lord Jesus, that

though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor,

that you through His poverty might become rich. 

    10 In this I give advice:  It is to your advantage not only

to be doing what you began and were desiring to do a year

ago; 11but now you also must complete the doing of it; that

as there was a readiness to desire it, so there also may
be
a completion out of what you have.  12 If there is first a

willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and

not according to what he does not have.

    13 I do not mean that others should be eased and you

burdened; 14but by an equality, that now at this time your

abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also

may supply your lack--that there may be equality. 

    6He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and

he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.  7Let

each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly

or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver.  8And God

is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you,

always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an

abundance for every good work. 

    10May He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for

food, multiply the seed you have sown and increase the

fruits of your righteousness, 11being enriched in everything

for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving to God.

    15Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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