2 Corinthians 9 – November 24
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude (circling back to Corinthians in November), I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
2 Corinthians 9
Titus Sent to Receive the Collection
There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the Lord’s people. 2 For I know your eagerness to help, and I have been boasting about it to the Macedonians, telling them that since last year you in Achaia were ready to give; and your enthusiasm has stirred most of them to action. 3 But I am sending the brothers in order that our boasting about you in this matter should not prove hollow, but that you may be ready, as I said you would be. 4 For if any Macedonians come with me and find you unprepared, we—not to say anything about you—would be ashamed of having been so confident. 5 So I thought it necessary to urge the brothers to visit you in advance and finish the arrangements for the generous gift you had promised. Then it will be ready as a generous gift, not as one grudgingly given.
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. 8 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. 9 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.
12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
Thanksgiving = Generosity | Becky Newman
2 Corinthians 9:11-12
So, the Corinthians are good at giving — there’s a positive! Giving is one of those things that can depend on our circumstances, so Paul is wanting to make sure they stay good at giving. Giving has so many benefits, to name a few: (1) shows thanks to God for all He has given us, (2) can cause the recipient to give thanks to God for provision, and (3) it just feels good. How awesome that God orchestrated our study so that we would be reading about thanks and giving on Thanksgiving Day, which is also the traditional start of a season of giving to celebrate the birth of Jesus!
As the one who takes God’s directions and puts our reading plans together for this website, I testify that I did not plan these verses to occur on Thanksgiving Day, but God did! Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! I also love how these verses indicate that God will actually give us more so that we have more to give. I can see ways that God has done this in my home, and in my husband’s quip after Reserves duty last weekend: “I have to work two jobs to support your giving habit.” Giving thanks and being generous should be woven into the fabric of my being and should be consistently and constantly demonstrated to my kids so that they know without a doubt that it all comes from You.
Today, I know that my sister-in-law will be lovingly giving her time and resources to clean and cook all day for the extended family. As a recipient of her generosity, I thank You, God, for her and a loving family and an overflow of yummy food. Help my heart to remain thankful and generous through the Christmas season, and I pray that the recipients of generosity always acknowledge You as the Giver.
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