Give as your heart tells you.
Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
- 2 Corinthians 9:15 (from full reading 2 Corinthians 9:1-15).
There are plenty of things that we think are in the Bible... wrongly. Perhaps the best known is “money is the root of all evil” - easily corrected when we remember to put ‘the love of…’ at the start of the phrase.
Others include “God helps those who help themselves”, probably from an Aesop fable, and “hate the sin, love the sinner”, a phrase Mahatma Gandhi used, drawing on the work of St. Augustine.
Easily missed in Corinthians chapter nine is a phrase that some think is not in the Bible: “God loves a cheerful giver”. Paul is encouraging the church to give as their hearts tell them – not out of obligation, but out of a desire to be a blessing. He encourages generosity and says that whatever is given will be multiplied by God – the ultimate source of everything.
God has given us so much: this day, our lives, our resources, our salvation. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
Where possible, pause briefly once an hour and give thanks for something God has given you.
“All things come from you, and of your own have we given you” (1 Chronicles 29:14).
Thank you for your generosity; help me to also be generous.
Today’s contributor is Andy Campbell, a London Regional Coordinator for Christian Aid.
Published on 14 December 2018