2 Corinthians 9. Forum Discussion

Principals of giving

Chapter 9 is about giving.

How to give, how to feel about giving, how God feels about giving, etc.

According to Paul’s account in the Bible, giving should be:

  1. Something that we prepare for. Paul knew that there were people in need. He also knew from his travels which people could help. So Paul put together a plan to connect the people that were in need with the people that could help. We tend to think of needs primarily as financial needs, but this concept applies to all areas of life. If somebody is lonely and would be uplifted by a visit, then what they need is somebody’s time. Some people have time available, and others do not. Whatever we have been blessed with, we are to use it for the Lord. Everybody has been blessed with something.
  2. Generous. Paul writes, “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6. When people plant a lot of seeds, they can expect their harvest to be more bountiful than those that plant only a few seeds. The more we plant, the more reap. If we have more to give, God does not want us to limit ourselves. He expects us to use what we have been blessed with. Remember the Parable of the Talents found in Mathew 25:14-30? The servant who took what his master had given him and never made anything more from it was called, “wicked and lazy,” and “thrown into the outer darkness; where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
  3. As one has purposed in their hearts. God wants us to reflect on how we have been blessed, give thanks, and actively plan how we are going to give back. When we take time to think about our blessings and look for opportunities to share them with others, we are giving with a purpose.
  4. Not grudgingly, or under compulsion. We do not give because we must, we give because we want to.
  5. Cheerful. “God loves a cheerful giver.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7. It is a blessing to have so much that we can share with others. Realizing that God has given us more than we need and being able to help others should make us happy.

2 Corinthians 8:15 says:

“He who gathered much did not have too much, and he who gathered little had no lack.”

This scripture points out two things:

  1. Those that had extra gave to those that did not have enough.
  2. Those in need were willing to let others help them.

Being a Christian is not about hording up our possessions until we die. Being a Christian is about loving God and loving each other. One of the best ways to do that is by giving of our time and resources. When we do that, we glorify God!

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 2 Corinthians 10 and the subject of persecution. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen

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What are some things that we can give besides money?

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We should certainly “give of ourselves.” I believe this means that we feel that whatever we have and whatever we can do are at God’s disposal.

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We can give of our time, our knowledge and our heart. If we look for neighbors to love, God will provide them. We can get involved in their lives. God wants us to practice hospitality and to love our neighbor's. It starts with getting to know them. We may often feel like we are "really busy right now" and that we will get to it "later". But before we know it, a lot of time has gone by. We should challenge ourselves to take the first steps to get to know our neighbors, however we define "neighbor"

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