Cheerful Giving

2 Corinthians 9:7-11(NIV)

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. 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. 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.

We live in a world where more and more people are encouraged to be generous.  Bill Gates and Warren Buffett have made decisions to share their wealth to help the impoverished in the world.  They didn’t make these decisions when they were younger, but it is still a great change of direction for them as they got older and their businesses can run without their involvement.  They have been encouraging other wealthy individuals to also give from their wealth to help reduce world poverty.

The Bible doesn’t say we need to be a millionaire or a billionaire to give generously.  God wants us to give cheerfully and to feel that we are in partnership with God.  When we are giving with our hearts, we have a vested interest in the spiritual community, so it also helps us spiritually.  God doesn’t want us to just give the leftovers after we have used what we want for our own use.  This giving will result in thanksgiving to God.

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