Give Cheerfully

2 Corinthians 9:6–8

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The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:6–8, ESV 

When Paul was speaking to the people of Corinth, he wanted to encourage them in their giving. Not to make them feel guilty about not being able to give more or give at all. Giving is a wonderful thing, and when done freely out of the heart, it brings great joy to the giver. God will give blessings, but blessing does not equal wealth or prosperity. There are many who try to twist this verse into a gospel that it is not, and it can be very hurtful to the lives of those who are newly coming to faith in Jesus Christ. People may be pushed into giving more than they can afford with the mindset that it and more will be returned to them. Sadly, there are those who compel people to give out on this false premise that if you give a certain amount of money to support a ministry, God will bless them exponentially in their lives with a strong implication that it will bring wealth and prosperity. Some are so bold as to hold up the things that they have gained as an example. This is not cheerful giving and does not represent what God desires. When we give, we are meant to give cheerfully and freely out of our means. God wants us to do so because of our love for Him to support the ministries that He has established in order to proclaim the faith to all who will hear. It's about the work of the Gospel and the continuation of the promise that was given to Abraham that we will be blessed to be a blessing to all the nations of the earth. It’s not about wealth or riches but about the Kingdom of God and our welcoming of many into the warm embrace of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May your heart give out cheerfully, and may you be blessed in all that you do in the name of Christ. 

Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.