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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
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
so that we will always have enough
to share something with others
and that because of our giving
God hears many grateful prayers.
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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