CHEERFUL GIVERS

| Saturday 2nd April, 2022

Our Daily Bread 2022 Annual Edition

By John Blase

Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6–9 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: Judges 16–18; Luke 7:1–30

God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7

Years ago, my wife received a small rebate from something she’d purchased. It wasn’t something she’d expected, it just showed up in the mail. About the same time, a good friend shared with her the immense needs of women in another country, entrepreneurial-minded women trying to better themselves by way of education and business. As is often the case, however, their first barrier was financial.

My wife took that rebate and made a micro-loan to a ministry devoted to helping these women. When the loan was repaid, she simply loaned again, and again, and so far has made twenty-seven such investments. My wife enjoys many things, but there’s rarely a smile as big on her face as when she receives an update on the flourishing taking place in the lives of women she’s never met.   

We often hear emphasis on the last word in this phrase—“God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7)—and rightly so. But our giving has a specific quality about it—it shouldn’t be done “reluctantly or under compulsion,” and we’re called not to sow sparingly” (vv. 6–7). In a word, our giving is to be “cheerful.” And while each of us will give a little differently, our faces are places for telling evidence of our cheer.

Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6–9 (NIV)

Generosity Encouraged

6 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. 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.”[a]

INSIGHT

  1. When did you last “cheerfully” give?

  2. Why do you believe God loves a cheerful giver?

Paul’s first trip to Corinth took place near the end of his second missionary journey after leaving Athens (Acts 18:1). While in Corinth, Paul worked during the week as a tentmaker with Aquila and Priscilla (v. 3), and on the Sabbath he “reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks” (v. 4) to receive the message of the gospel.

His second visit to Corinth occurred after Timothy visited there (1 Corinthians 4:17) and is described as Paul’s “painful visit” (2 Corinthians 2:1). In addition to 1 and 2 Corinthians, many scholars believe Paul wrote at least one other letter to the Corinthians, now lost (see 1 Corinthians 5:92 Corinthians 7:8–10). It’s clear Paul loved and was deeply concerned for this church (2 Corinthians 2:4).

Alyson Kieda

PRAYER

Generous Father God, thank You for the joy that comes in giving from a cheer-filled heart. And thank You for the ways in which You provide abundantly for our needs. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen!!

Read: 2 Corinthians 9:6–9 (NIV) | Bible in a Year: Judges 16–18; Luke 7:1–30

 

2 comments

  • Emily
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    I will always thank God for the day I stumbledon a copy of Daily bread in a hospital in Kitale, Kenya .As a young married woman then with so much to deal with, I subscribed way 1994 and have been immensely blessed. Thank you team for the consistency and labour of your hands…

    • jmndungu
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      You’re most WELCOME EMILY. Thank you so much for the testimony. May God bless you abundantly.

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