In 2 Corinthians 8, Paul is writing to the church at Corinth about an offering that the churches of Macedonia collected because of a regional famine and the care that the Jerusalem church gave to her teachers and widows. Paul uses the Macedonian churches generosity as an example to the wealthier Corinthian church. The Macedonian churches were not wealthy. They were being persecuted for their faith which is why Paul says they were in a “severe state of affliction,” and “extreme poverty.” He explains that these poor churches gave according to their means and beyond their means. Paul teaches that giving is a grace in and of itself. Grace giving is a response to God’s grace in our lives. There are two characteristics of grace giving.
Give Generously – Proverbs 11:24 states, “One gives freely, yet grows all the richer; another withholds what he should give, and only suffers lack.” This is a general statement of truth.
Give Joyfully – In 2 Corinthians 9:7, we learn that We are to give personally, privately, not out of obligation, but joyfully (hilariously) as an act of worship to the Lord. If you see giving as another bill, you’re robbing yourself of the joy that God intends for you. Joy recognizes that God uses these gifts to advance His mission: to support a church planter; to fund children’s ministries, to build a gathering place for worship. This is a decision made in the heart between you and God.
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