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August 18, 2017

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Reading along with us in 2 Corinthians? Here’s today’s reading:

2 Corinthians 8 (ESV)

We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia, for in a severe test of affliction, their abundance of joy and their extreme poverty have overflowed in a wealth of generosity on their part. For they gave according to their means, as I can testify, and beyond their means, of their own accord, begging us earnestly for the favorof taking part in the relief of the saints— and this, not as we expected, but they gave themselves first to the Lord and then by the will of God to us. Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace alsoContinue Reading

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  1. It’s impossible for me to overlook or gloss over Paul’s expression here of the mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship we have with one another in the body of Christ. Interesting how many use this teaching in Scripture, though, to insist to Christians that the government should enforce this relationship on its own people — apart from and completely removed from God’s grace! Without love, without charity and grace, the relationship becomes impossibly corrupted by our sin nature.

    “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.” 2 Corinthians 9:7

  2. How important it is for us to have right principles and right motivation for giving. We are to be generous and sacrificial but shouldn’t give what we do not have to give or give to the extent that others are better supplied than us. We are to give ourselves to the Lord first because He is the only one who can direct us properly in terms of amount and motivation. We are just stewards of what He has provided anyway.

    And isn’t it great to have partners in ministry, especially when those partners share the same heart as you do with the people you are ministering to….

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