The Macedonians.. a lesson on giving

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I love how Paul writes this chapter. I know I have read this chapter a lot of times but it didn’t impact me the way it did during this past few days. I feel happy hearing Paul testify about the Macedonians..

2 Corinthians 8

2Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity.

3For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own,

4they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints.

5And they did not do as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then to us in keeping with God’s will.

After being so blessed, he encourages the Corinthians to excel in the grace of giving.

7But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us see that you also excel in this grace of giving.

It’s amazing that we can actually desire to excel in that area and we are encouraged to do so.

Why would Paul want us to give to the Church?

13Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality.

14At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality,

15as it is written: “He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little did not have too little.”

So how much should we give?

2 Corinthians 9
7Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
Why shouldn’t I not worry that I will lose somegthing when I give?
8And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
9As it is written: “He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”
11You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

I’ve never seen myself who had a problem with giving, but as times are becoming harder. Prices are up.. and honestly, lately I’ve been thinking about my future.. The “what ifs of life”… I know we should balance it by being good stewards of our finances.. But since I have this worry in my heart, the irony of the Lord’s advice.. GIVE..

These promises of God are something to hold on to.. In times of my need, He will provide..

Glory be to God.

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