Daily Archives: November 17, 2018

November 17 – 2 Corinthians 8:6-15

It is love, not knowledge, that forms the basis of Christianity. Paul wrote letters to the church at Corinth to emphasize this point and lead the Corinthians back into right relationship with God and others. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

2 Corinthians 8:6-15

Accordingly, we urged Titus that as he had started, so he should complete among you this act of grace. But as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all earnestness, and in our love for you—see that you excel in this act of grace also.
I say this not as a command, but to prove by the earnestness of others that your love also is genuine. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. 10 And in this matter I give my judgment: this benefits you, who a year ago started not only to do this work but also to desire to do it. 11 So now finish doing it as well, so that your readiness in desiring it may be matched by your completing it out of what you have. 12 For if the readiness is there, it is acceptable according to what a person has, not according to what he does not have. 13 For I do not mean that others should be eased and you burdened, but that as a matter of fairness 14 your abundance at the present time should supply their need, so that their abundance may supply your need, that there may be fairness. 15 As it is written, “Whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little had no lack.”

SOAP Note

Generosity | Becky Newman

Scripture

2 Corinthians 8:9, 11

Observation

The Corinthians have been stingy in their giving. They started out good, as long as Paul was with them, in their ears repeatedly with the reminder. But on their own, their hearts lapsed and their generosity waned. Paul says their driver should be what Jesus has done for us, how he was generous with his life so much that he gave it up for us, so that we could share in eternity with him. Their driver should not be a Christian leader telling them to give.

Application

‘Tis the season for generosity. But with tax law changes taking effect this year, I’ve already heard the rumblings — I’ll never meet the new standard deduction for income taxes, so I’m not going to give. Today’s verses get to the core of what should be driving our generosity. It should not be driven by tax incentives but in response to what Jesus has given us. Generosity should be in worship of God, overflowing in gratitude for all He has given us. Now finish the work. End 2018 well.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for this reminder heading into Christmas and end-of-year giving. Thank You for all that You have given me, especially the gift of salvation. May I be generous in expressing my gratitude and thanks. May I finish well.

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