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: cheerful giver
I trust you are a giver…but not just a giver, an honorable giver, one who gives cheerfully, not begrudgingly.
If you have little children or if you have been around little children, you’ve seen this scene a dozen times. The older child gets a toy, perhaps a special little truck he loves to play with. In fact, he plays with it ‘till he about wears all the paint off it. And one day it’s sitting on the coffee table and nobody’s touching it. Along comes little sister, who toddles up to the table and reaches her little hand over to the well-worn truck, only to have it snatched away by the gorilla in the family. “It’s my truck!” He doesn’t want to part with something that important.
How many of us parents have looked at the older child saying, “Let her play with it,” and had the child say, “Oh, of course. Here, sis”? Are you kidding? “MINE! MINE!” And you just about have to break his arm to get the truck out of his hand. He doesn’t want to give it up. And your compulsion makes him grip it tighter. That’s an illustration of giving “grudgingly.”
Where is the honor in that? Let me encourage each of you to give and give honorably.
What to do:
✞ Remember, it is more blessed to give than to receive (except to the child) which raises the question: Are you childish or mature?
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