Sunday, May 17, 2020
Daily Devotion: The Giving Heart
Bible Reading: II Corinthians 9:1-8
Key Verse: Verse 7 - “Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.”
Key Words: as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give
I’ve heard people say, “If you can’t give cheerfully, then don’t give.” I am not sure that is the purest context of the verse. I personally believe that when one cannot give cheerfully, it says a lot about their heart. It’s a begrudging heart; it’s a heart lacking cheerfulness. You see, when one refuses to give, it tells us a lot about their spiritual condition.
There are three kinds of givers: the flint, the sponge, and the honeycomb. To get anything out of the flint, you must hammer it. Yet, all you generally get are chips and sparks. To get anything from the sponge, you have got to squeeze it. The more you squeeze, the more you get. But the honeycomb simply overflows with sweetness..
When a person understands what God has done for them, you don’t have to prime them to give and you don’t need ten collections. They understand that He is a great God. In fact, at offering time, we ought to jump to our feet and applaud that we are here to give, have something to give, and have been blessed to have strength enough to work that we might be able to give. We ought to just applaud the privilege of giving.
Amen and amen!
What to do:
✞ Like one person said, “You go ahead and give it grudgingly and we will receive it cheerfully.”
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