Willing, Generous and Cheerful

today's reading.
2 Corinthians 8:1-152 Corinthians 9    We want you to know, brothers, about the grace of God that has been given among the churches of Macedonia...

the blog.
Paul's words describing how we should use our money resonated with me today.

• Wealth of generosity (2 Cor. 8:2)
• They gave according to their means and beyond (2 Cor. 8:3)
• Willing gift (2 Cor. 9:5)
• Give per your heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion (2 Cor. 9:7)
• God loves a cheerful giver (2 Cor. 9:7)
• Be generous in every way (2 Cor. 9:11)

So as you can see, it's pretty clear what our attitudes and actions should be when it comes to giving. But in my own experience, I didn't get there overnight. When I first started giving it was out of obedience because I knew I was supposed to give. But as I continued to act obediently, my heart started to change and at some point, I realized I was giving willingly, according to my heart and, most importantly for me, cheerfully. (Thank you, Lord!) That doesn't mean I've "arrived" when it comes to giving. I'm still learning and growing especially in the being generous category and giving beyond my means, and still have twinges of reluctance here and there.

So how does your approach to giving compare to Paul's instructions? Did you see anything in these passages that you need to work on? Tami W.

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