It’s great to give
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.
2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)
Times are very hard for people right now, in lots of ways, but one of those ways is financially. The cost of living is on the rise, including energy bills and food – which have both added a hardship to many households. Christians are not exempt from these difficulties and can experience financial trials of many kinds.
So, what can we take from the header scripture that might help us today? Well, one thought is that after prayer and reflection, we decide what we are able to give, and then be at peace with that. It is easy to let thoughts about giving more or being more generous enter our minds, but don’t let worry creep in. As the scripture says, ‘…give what you have decided in your heart to give’. In Philippians 4:6 it says, ‘Do not be anxious about anything…’. So prayerfully consider your gift, then give as intended and don’t worry about it.
Another thought that springs from this verse is that God loves a cheerful giver. Now, as Christians, we know that all we have comes from God. So, one way to let the cheer bubble over, as we ponder the ways in which we can share our blessings, is to count the many ways that God has given to us, either directly or through the generosity of others. Then envision the face of the person who will be blessed by your giving – how it might change their demeanour, their whole day, or their outlook on life!
One final thought is that we needn’t feel burdened to give beyond what is sensible or prudent. Remember the widow who gave just two copper coins at the temple – yes, it was all she had, but it was also just two copper coins! God can use anything we give to fulfil any purpose that He desires. God is God and He loves a cheerful giver, so however and whatever you give – remember to do it cheerfully!
ther, thank you for everything, and we mean everything! It all comes from you. Teach us to be discerning and generous, mindful and cheerful, and in all things, to do it for your glory. In Jesus’ sweet name, Amen.
Study by Sinead Henderson
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Sinead Henderson attends the Northampton congregation of Grace Communion International
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