God Loves a Cheerful Giver [2 Corinthians 9:7 Devotional]

God Loves a Cheerful Giver [2 Corinthians 9:7 Daily Devotional]

“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.”

2 Corinthians 9:7

What is 2 Corinthians 9:7 about?

The Apostle Paul is encouraging his church in Corinth to give generously. However, he’s not commanding them to give a certain amount. Some of his church was wealthy, so they would naturally give more than others in his church who wasn’t as wealthy.

The same is true today. The point is to give the amount that you have decided. Don’t do less, and don’t do it reluctantly. Giving is such a powerful tool in our spiritual walk, and God loves to see when we do it cheerfully, willingly, and with full confidence.

God Loves a Cheerful Giver

One thing to note from this verse is that Paul doesn’t make giving optional. There is no option to not give generously. The amount may change from season to season, but the point remains: give generously and give cheerfully.

I encourage you to start by giving 10% of your income to your local church. Your local church should be the best place to pool the resources of your community to make the greatest impact on your community. This will also help ensure that you’re fully engaged at your church because you’re now invested.

The tithe (10% of income) is an Old Covenant practice that carried over into Christianity. However, the key difference here is that we can now treat 10% as the minimum for what we should give. Christ gave it all for us, and he expects us to do the same. I’m not saying you should sell all your possessions and give to the poor, but I am saying you should consider some other organizations to give your money and time to.

Prayer

Jesus, thank you for showing me the way to be generous. Give me the strength and courage I need to separate myself from my money. Help me to serve others with the money you’ve given me. It’s in your name I pray, amen.

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