God LOVES a CHEERFUL GIVER
November 27 Bible Reading: 2 Corinthians Chapters 7-9
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And 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." (2 Cor. 9:6-8)
In this key New Testament passage on giving, Apostle Paul appealed to the Corinthian believers to give to their needy brethren by citing the good example of their neighbor Christians (8:1–7). He then focused on the supreme motive for giving - Jesus Christ’s gift of Himself for needy people (8:8–15), and explained the arrangements for collecting and delivering their gift (8:16–24) and his own plans to visit Corinth soon (9:1–5). He concluded by reviewing several benefits of generous giving: the more we give, the more we will benefit (9:6–15).
God loves a cheerful giver because giving is the language of love. “God so loved that He gave!” (John 3:16). Does God really need our money? No, the cattle on a thousand hills belong to Him, and if He needed anything, He would not tell us (Psalms 50:10–12). But our heart’s attitude is what is important to God. He loves to see us so filled with the joy of the Lord that we want to share what we have for God’s kingdom!
The formula for giving is found in 1 Cor. 16:2 where three principles can be seen:
- Our giving should be regular, “on the first day of the week”
- Our giving should be systematic, “let each one of you lay something aside”
- Our giving should be proportionate (to our income), “as he may prosper”
Let us also understand that we cannot give our substance until we first give ourselves (v. 5). When we belong to the Lord, we start looking for opportunities to give instead of excuses not to give. We are constant recipients of God’s generous grace. God promises that if we will give of ourselves, He’ll enable us to have an abundance of resources for the work to which He has called us (v. 8).