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God Loves A Cheerful Giver

2 Corinthians 9:7

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

There are many hot topics in church life. There are many things talked about in the parking lot. The Judicial Council of the church is hearing arguments this week concerning some of the hot topics in the United Methodist Church. Their decision will more than likely be transformational for our denomination unless they kick the can down the street to some future date or group.

One hot topic in many churches is the idea of giving. There are several scriptures about giving in the Bible. Here are just a few.

Proverbs 3:9 – Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;

Proverbs 11:25 – A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Proverbs 18:16 – A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great.

Luke 6:38 – Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

Leviticus 27:30 – “A tithe of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.”

Malachi 3:10 – Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

Then there is today’s passage – Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. Let’s take a look at this passage in partial context. 2 Corinthians 9:6–15 – Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!

Planned giving is what we should all strive to accomplish. Giving that we agree upon with our spouse. A tithe is the base amount according to Scripture – 10% of our income. But a plan to get there is better than not having one. Something like we’ll give 5% this year and each year increase it by 1% until we arrive at 10%. Giving beyond a tithe is called and offering – giving above and beyond the base. That is why we call it tithes and offerings.

In our home we plan to give the tithe to the church and make offerings to other worthy organizations. When we make a plan and agree to it – we can be a cheerful giver I think. It is hard to be a cheerful giver if there is strife in the home surrounding giving to God.

I know some couples who disagree and they agree that one partner will tithe their income while the other partner will give as they are able. Some believers are married to unbelievers and conflict can arise around giving to God. Whatever you can agree to – have a plan and stick to it. Remember – we cannot out give God – for He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. Psalm 50:10 – for every animal of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills.

When is the last time your spoke with your spouse (if you are married) about your giving to God? If it has been awhile – I urge you to have a conversation. Make a plan to get to 10% – a tithe – and stick to your plan. You will be blessed far beyond whatever it costs you to tithe. It is the only place in the Bible where God says – test me in this.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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  1. the first check written after payday goes to support Gods work, because He provided the blessing

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    Comment by Richard Reynnells | April 27, 2017 | Reply


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