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March 25 – Lenten Study Day 20

Lent is the 40-day period before Easter, and it is “a time for reflection, repentance, and renewal when Christians are invited to prepare themselves for the celebration of the Lord’s resurrection.” This Lent, we are doing a 40-day study from the American Bible Society to focus our time in God’s Word and prayer on His renewing power (click HERE for the reading plan). 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!

Lord God, by your Word fill me with a spirit of gratitude and thanksgiving…

2 Corinthians 9:1-15

There is no need for me to write to you about this service to the Lord’s people. 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. 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. 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. 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.

Generosity Encouraged

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 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. 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. 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!

SOAP Note

The Circle of Thanksgiving | Becky Newman

Scripture

2 Corinthians 9:10-12

Observation

Paul is explaining the awesome divine phenomenon of God’s grace — the more we give, the more we receive. God wants our hearts in the right place when we give and not to just be giving so we receive. Our giving should come from a place of thanksgiving for what our Provider has provided. We have a responsibility in what He has provided, to be His hands in providing for others.

Application

It’s spring AND it’s a gardening analogy! Thank You, God, for speaking my love language today! You popped an idea in my head a couple weeks ago to engage the kids and families at church by sponsoring a plant for the food pantry garden this year, and right here is the perfect verse to illustrate why. I must be obedient and follow through now in making this happen so we all can see this awesome divine phenomenon play out according to Your will.

Prayer

Lord God, by Your Word fill me with a spirit of generosity, gratitude, and thanksgiving. Thank You for Your encouraging words today to my heart and what I love to do. Help me follow through in sharing this message of the circle of thanksgiving.

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