The Cheerful Giver

Paul wrote by THE SPIRIT in 2 Corinthians chapter 9:

6   Now [remember] this: he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows generously [that blessings may come to others] will also reap generously [and be blessed].

7   Let each one give [thoughtfully and with purpose] just as he has decided in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver [and delights in the one whose heart is in his gift].

8   And God is able to make all grace [every favor and earthly blessing] come in abundance to you, so that you may always [under all circumstances, regardless of the need] have complete sufficiency in everything [being completely self-sufficient in Him], and have an abundance for every good work and act of charity.

9   As it is written and forever remains written,

“He [the benevolent and generous person] scattered abroad, he gave to the poor,
His righteousness endures forever!”

10   Now HE who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed for sowing [that is, your resources] and increase the harvest of your righteousness [which shows itself in active goodness, kindness, and love].

11   You will be enriched in every way so that you may be generous, and this [generosity, administered] through us is producing thanksgiving to God [from those who benefit].

12   For the ministry of this service (offering) is not only supplying the needs of the saints (God’s people), but is also overflowing through many expressions of thanksgiving to God.

13   Because of this act of ministry, they will glorify God for your obedience to the gospel of Christ which you confess, as well as for your generous participation [in this gift] for them and for all [the other believers in need],

14   and they also long for you while they pray on your behalf, because of the surpassing measure of God’s grace [His undeserved favor, mercy, and blessing which is revealed] in you.

15   Now thanks be to God for His indescribable gift [which is precious beyond words]!  AMPL

Psalm 112:9 is referenced above and it is a blessing to read and reflect on the entire Psalm.

My wife and I have followed the intent of this passage for years and can attest to FATHER’S willingness to provide not only for us but to those whom we help in their time of need.  Even when it seemed as though times were getting to be financially challenging, HE would always provide for us.

Do you think FATHER does anything sparingly?  Not at all.  FATHER is not a GOD of scarcity but is ONE of abundance.  However, HE will not fund unrighteousness and promote the activities of such a path.  HE is very efficient in providing us with complete sufficiency in whatever we are called to do in HIS Name.

When men hoard, they begin to sow sparingly, no matter what their station in life may be.  We must not take on the mindset of scarcity else we will restrict the coming harvest in our lives.  This spiritual principle defies man’s logic thus we must not allow our minds to intervene when The Holy Spirit is instructing us to give.  Our mindset is meant to be on a path of consistent growth IN HIM and any other path will cause us to become less effective for the Kingdom.  FATHER will always find someone to work through to minister to those in need, let it be you and me.  Our responsibility is to do what we are called to do in an excellent manner whether it is to clean toilets or administer a large entity.  Let HIS Glory shine through by our willingness to go the extra mile and at the same time be cheerful about it!

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