Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
Pae shares some thoughts on this passage…
Don’t you feel blessed when someone gives you a gift? Seeing the giver beam with excitement as they present their gift is even more special. What about when you find out the lengths they went to and the sacrifices made to give you the present? Wow, as the recipient, what an awesome feeling!
On the other hand, I have seen a gift given reluctantly from a child (as prompted by the mother) to another child so no one is left out. While the gesture on the mother’s part was well-meaning, it was not the child’s desire to part with it (and rightly so). That gift was given begrudgingly. How would you feel if you were given that gift? What a contrast to the first gift.
Giving in God’s kingdom is a decision we make. God absolutely does not force us to give; like the child giving reluctantly, that is not what God wants from us. It is said that you can give without love, but you can’t love without giving. When you are in love with God, the decision to give from your cheerful heart happens automatically. We shouldn’t have to decide every week whether to give to our home church, although we do at times have to consider whether to give to other good causes prayerfully. Just as we know the joy of receiving a gift from a cheerful giver, Abba Father greatly delights in our cheerful giving.
Thank you again for joining with others across Australia in learning and meditating on Scripture through The Treasury Project.
We trust God will bless you as you commit His Word to your memory and allow it to penetrate deep into your heart.